BKS 220 - BALTIMORE LIBRARIES PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE (3)
This course will explore the rich history of Baltimore libraries through readings, discussion and site visits. We will also look more broadly at the history of libraries in the United States, and consider larger questions such as how libraries reflect changing ideas about books and society.
Spring 2014 and alternate years. Magnuson.
BKS 290 - INTERNSHIP (3-4)
Students will complete an internship during their junior or senior year as a means of integrating what they have learned in the Book Studies minor and applying their knowledge and skills to their broader studies at Goucher College. The Internship will be arranged in consultation with the internship advisor and monitored by the CDO. At the end of the semester all BKS 290 students will present their work in a public forum, such as the annual student symposium or an event that features the work of Book Studies minors. Prerequisite: ENG 241 , HIS 242 , or ART 382 , Junior or Senior standing and permission of instructor.
Offered Fall and Spring Semesters. Staff.
BKS 299 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN BOOK STUDIES (3-4)
Students will complete an independent study during their junior or senior year as a means of integrating what they have learned in the Book Studies minor and applying their knowledge and skills to their broader studies at Goucher College. Students who opt for the independent study will work closely with an advisor who teaches in the Book Studies program. At the end of the semester, all BKS 299 students will present their work in a public forum, such as the annual student symposium or an event that features the work of Book Studies minors. Prerequisites:ENG 241 , HIS 242 , or ART 382 , junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
Offered Fall and Spring semesters. Staff.
ART 120 - BOOKBINDING AND ARTIST'S BOOKS(4)
A hands-on course to learn basic bookbinding skills and techniques including Japanese, case, and library binding. Students will explore the rich field of artists' books, altered books, and journals, while examining the relationship between text, visual narrative and sequencing. Students will gain practical knowledge of paper, tools, and materials. ART 102 or ART 127.
Spring semester, variable years. Massey
ART 382 - THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE BOOK (3)
This course surveys the history of the book and book illustration in the West, with emphasis on the art and poetics of word and image from ancient scrolls and the medieval codex to the printed and hypertext page. We will meet at Goucher's Special Collections and Archives, which will provide a unique, hands-on opportunity to explore the art and history of the book through our "home" collection. As we travel through a wide range of books from a variety of genres, we will consider the many ways that books make meaning, physical aspects of books and their production, the evolution of writing (and type), illustration processes and styles, page design, and the artful ways that word and image embellish one another to communicate meaning. We will also touch on broader questions including the place of books in history, the role of the book in society, the history of reading, manuscript and print culture, and the transformation of illustrated books in the digital age.
Fall 2014 and Alternate years. Oettinger.
HIS 305 - THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE (4)(GEN. ED. #7)
Personal narratives, which include autobiographies, diaries, letters and recollections, offer vivid insights into American life and culture. This course explores a variety of personal narratives, from captivity tales of the 17th century and slave narratives of the 19th century to The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses in American or European history or American studies or permission of the instructor.
Fall semester, every 2 years. Offered 2011-12. Jeffrey.
ENG 105 - DEFINING THE BOOK IN THE DIGITAL AGE (3)
As with all sections of Academic Writing II, this course will focus on writing college-level essays, with the ultimate goal of achieving College Writing Proficiency. The structure of the course will be lecture/discussion, with peer-review sessions, individual conferences, and library instruction sessions.What exactly is a book? This course will examine the history of the written word and ask how books have adapted and can continue to adapt in our digitized world. We will look at historical examples and trends, as well as the ways books and book publishing have evolved in recent years. We will make several visits to the Special Collections room in the library to get acquainted with Goucher's extensive rare and historic book collection. This course is especially appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing the Book Studies minor.
Fall semester. Orem.
ENG 241 - ARCHEOLOGY OF TEXT (3)
This interdisciplinary English course uses hands-on "laboratory" methods to introduce students to archival research using Goucher's Rare Book Collection and online digital archives. Working backward in time, from the present to the Early Modern and Medieval periods, the course will survey ways people have packaged and used written/visual information, from digital media to early printed books to manuscripts. After training in codicology (rare book and document analysis), iconography (study of visual design), and paleography (study of old handwriting) students will conduct independent research using materials from Special Collections and Archives. Field trips to the Garrett Library (Johns Hopkins), the Library of Congress Rare Book Collection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Students who have completed the course will be equipped to do additional archival research in 200- and 300-level courses, and for continued work in Special Collections and Archives and internships at Johns Hopkins, Library of Congress, and the Folger. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency or permission of instructor.
Fall semester. Sanders.
ENG 242 - FROM PURITAN DIARIES TO OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB: READERS AND WRITERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY (4) (HIS 242)(AMS 242)
Using insights gleaned from various disciplines, this course examines the history of reading and writing in America. In particular, we will study how written texts are produced, disseminated, and consumed. Topics include Indians and the discovery of print; the sentimental novel; slave narratives; religious readers; the making of an American literary canon; comic books in modern America; and, of course, Oprah's book club. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or HIS 110 or HIS 111 .
Alternating years beginning Spring 2013. Hale.
ENG 335 - JANE AUSTEN AND HER READERS (3)
Enduring popular as well as critically praised, the novels of Jane Austen have intrigued and inspired readers from her day through ours. We will make extensive hands-on use of Goucher's Burke Austen Collection in order to explore changing responses to her writings; film adaptations will part of our study as well. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Offered Fall 2013 and alternate years. Wells.
For further information on courses in book studies currently offered at Goucher College, as well as a variety of readings on book studies and the history of the book, see http://libraryguides.goucher.edu/bookstudies