History of the printed book

Course Code :1031FLWGES
Study domain:History
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Pierre Delsaerdt

3. Course contents *

The printed book has played a tremendously significant role in the history of Western culture. This course tries to unfold this position. It is structured following three clusters: (1) the book as a material object, (2) an overview of the ways in which printed information has been produced, distributed and used from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and (3) an introduction to modern historical practice. This is expected to enable the students to use printed source material in a more conscious and critical way. They may also want to do book historical research themselves; in this case, they will have acquired the basic knowledge necessary to do so. Some students will consider this course as a first acquaintance with the world of books and libraries, which can be useful for those thinking of a career in the worlds of (heritage) libraries and publishing.