History of Book Arts:
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Wednesday, 2:30-5:20

William Blake, Ancient of DaysCourse description: This course will examine how the definition of the book is changing to fit into today’s information age. Students will study the history of the book from the illuminated manuscripts of the Medieval era to the virtually-obtained information readable on the World Wide Web, touching on the technological and cultural developments in between. This (Liberal Arts) section of the class will focus on the historical and philosophical issues that pertain to bookmaking, communication, and artists’ uses of the book-related industries.

Book arts in the News:
NEW! Blake Archive puts William Blake books online!
NEW! UMKC's interactive Gregorian Chant manuscript site
NEW! Online show The Press of the Text features 20th century artists' books
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist pens series of graphic novels
History of artists' books addressed in Discovering the Artist's Book
Gutenberg Digital project digitzes the Gutenberg Bible

Promoting and teaching book history through the Book Arts Web
The Center for Book Arts: Teaching and exhibiting since 1974
Online exhibitions of book arts from MoMA's Prints and Illustrated Books site