History of the Text: Early Books and Manuscripts Up to the Printing Press


This course provides an overview of the early history of the written word, focusing on the use of texts from antiquity up to the age of the printing press. Site visits to local repositories provide hands-on experience with papyri, clay tablets, parchment, vellum, and rare books. Readings and discussions will explore what is meant by the term “text” in order to deeply investigate the methodologies of book history and textual criticism.

This course may be applied toward earning the Certificate in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services.

Offered on demand--as need arises. Visit "Course Search" on MyDU to view course schedules.

Course Number: 
LIS 711