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Lecture Note: Introduction (PDF)

  1. Discussion: The Promises and Failures of the Digital Revolution.

Lecture Note: Theorizing Orality and Literacy (PDF)

  1. Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. London: Routledge, 2002 [1982]. Pp. 1-138, 156-79.
  2. Homework Assignment #1 (PDF)

Lecture Note: Was There a "Printing Revolution"? (PDF)

  1. Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993 [1983]. Pp. 3-90.
  2. Grafton, Anthony T. "The Importance of Being Printed." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 11 (Autumn 1980): 265-86.
  3. Tan, Philip. Little Leadings. (Student cyber-fiction set in a sixteenth-century printshop.)
  4. Homework Assignment #2 (PDF)

A Visit to the Burndy Library

  1. Thorndike, Lynn, ed. The Sphere of Sacrobosco and Its Commentators. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949. Pp. 118-23.
  2. Clancy, Michael T. "Looking Back From the Invention of Printing". In Literacy in Historical Perspective. Edited by Daniel P. Resnick. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1983. Pp. 7-22.
  3. Johns, Adrian. The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1998. Pp. 1-57.
  4. Optional: Eisenstein. Printing Revolution. Pp. 185-252.
  5. Homework Assignment #3 (PDF)

Lecture Note: Erasmus and Identity (PDF) 

  1. Jardine, Lisa. Erasmus, Man of Letters. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. Pp. 3-53.
  2. Erasmus, Desiderius. "On Good Manners For Boys." In The Erasmus Reader. Edited by Erika Rummel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990.
  3. Erasmus, Desiderius. "The Paraclesis" (Introduction to his edition of The New Testament). In Christian Humanism and the Reformation: Selected Writings of Erasmus. Edited by J. C. Olin. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
  4. Rozier, Joey. Modern Day Adages. (Student Project Inspired by Erasmus.)
  5. Optional: Eisenstein. Printing Revolution. Pp. 109-84.
  6. Homework Assignment #4 (PDF)
  1. Select a chapbook for your first paper project.
  2. Hausman, Nicholas. Chapbook Analysis. (Student analysis of Guy of Warwick.)

Lecture Note: English Chapbooks (PDF)

  1. Spufford, Margaret. Small Books and Pleasant Histories: Popular Fiction and Its Readership in Seventeenth-Century England. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1982. Pp. 1-82, 156-93.
  2. Pepys, Samuel. Samuel Pepys' Penny Merriments. Edited by Roger Thompson. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977. Pp. 102-13, 247-63.
  3. Homework Assignment #5 (PDF)

Visit to the Bow and Arrow Press

  1. Gewertz, Ken. "'No laptops allowed' at the Adams House printing press." Harvard Gazette (May 16, 2002) (article on the Bow and Arrow Press).
  2. Ten-page Paper due. (PDF)

Lecture Note: The Stage and the Page: The Case of the Early Modern Theater in Print (PDF)

  1. Peters, Julie Stone. Theatre of the Book, 1480-1880: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 15-40.
  2. McKenzie, Donald. "Typography and Meaning: The Case of William Congreve." In Buch und Buchhandel in Europa im achtzehten Jahrhundert. Hrsg. von Giles Barber und Bernhard Fabian. Hamburg: Hauswedell, 1981. Pp. 81-125.
  3. William Congreve. The Way of the World.
  4. Homework Assignment #6 (PDF)

Lecture Note: Rousseau and His Readers in the Eighteenth Century (PDF)

  1. Online Biography of Rousseau.
  2. Darnton, Robert. "Readers Respond to Rousseau: The Fabrication of Romantic Sensibility." In The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. London: Penguin, 2001 [1984]. Pp. 215-56.
  3. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Julie, or La Nouvelle Héloise. Translated and Abridged by Judith H. McDowell. University Park: Penn State University Press, 1968. Letters 1-14, pp. 25-53.
  4. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Confessions. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Book I.
  5. Homework Assignment #7 (PDF)

Lecture Note: Readers and Publishing Today (PDF)

  1. Epstein, Jason. Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.
  2. Homework Assignment #8 (PDF)
12 Consultations With Instructor

The Future of Print and Media Online

  1. A Conversation with Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries, and Frank Urbanowski, Director of the MIT Press.
  2. Browse the MIT Press web site. Be sure to click on the link "About the Press," which contains a brief history of the Press.
  3. Read the 2000-2001 Annual Report by the Director of the MIT libraries.

Lecture Note: The Politics and Perils of Online Communities (PDF)

  1. Sunstein, Cass. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001.
  2. Sunstein, Cass. Revised epilogue to Echo Chambers: Bush v. Gore, Impeachment, and Beyond. Princeton University Press.
  3. Five-page Paper due. (PDF)