Topics in Literature: Material Text

Course Number: ENGL 165MT
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2011
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 2127

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.

When we pick up a piece of literature, we tend not to think about the complex material conditions through which that literature becomes available to us. These conditions, however, can have a significant impact on the way we understand the literature of any given period. This course will examine those conditions for the early modern period. In doing so, we will discuss manuscript circulation of literature, print and the commercial book market, conditions of authorship, and the various transformations literature undergoes before it becomes available to us as modern readers and students.