About CLAS 196 B

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Open to Degree and CDE students Minimum sophomore standing

Section Description

We will be exploring the written word from the development of various writing systems, the transition from oral traditions, the history of the book from Mesopotamian clay tablets to medieval manuscripts to current digital editions, the rise and role of printing, and the millennia-long story of the cultural and educational institution we know as "the library."

Section Expectation

Fittingly for a course about reading and writing, we will be doing a good deal of both. Students can expect to spend 2-3 hours outside class in preparation for every 1 hour in class. This class will be seminar format as much as possible, in which discussion will be a focus.


Midterm, final, various and occasionally hands-on workshops and assignments, capstone paper/project/presentation.

Course Dates



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to on Tuesday and Thursday

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