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ENGL 396 E1 - English Honors Seminar - Print Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


An open-topic, discussion-oriented seminar aimed at majors who have shown high skill and intensive interest in the area of English studies. Course Information: May be repeated up to 6 hours in the same term to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: A 3.33 grade point average or consent of the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Restricted to English majors.

Special Instructions:

Print Culture in Early Modern Britain - Print Culture in Britain, 1550-1660 L. Newcomb How did the rise of printed books transform the inventive writing of early modern Britain- This seminar traces certain genres we now treasure as literature - lyric poetry, stage drama, early fiction, song - as they emerge from oral and manuscript practice and (sometimes) take new shapes in print. The lens of print culture allows us to ask how those material changes affected readers- experiences, and now inform our contemporary responses. Using the rich holdings of our Rare Book and Manuscript Library, we-ll look for evidence of publishing strategies and actual readership. We-ll also look hard at our anthologies and new digital tools as further meaning-making transformations -- and as opportunities for our own inventive writing. Questions to consider: What is the difference between a literary `work- and a book- Are early modern printed books mass-produced or unique objects

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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