By Alicia Hobson
Did you know that picture books are simultaneously the oldest and newest ways to tell stories?
Imagine this: you walk into a bookstore and head straight to your favorite section. There, you find your absolute favorite titles, with other recommendations that fit your mood. The pages are old and yellow and smell like old books smell. Or maybe they are glossy and smooth–a texture that you just can’t seem to get enough of. Maybe you find a scroll filled with the most minute illustrations in the margins–strange creatures and people limned in gold. Maybe you find an interactive fiction or a video game or a podcast that tells a story digitally!
What if we could offer you a class all about books: their history, their materiality, their future? A class designed just for bookworms and bibliophiles! Dr. Katie Peebles is teaching an upcoming class for the Spring 2021 semester, EN 360: Book Histories/Book Futures, which is LT-2 and INQ. That means that it will fulfill your advanced literature core requirement!
We’ll look at new ways of telling stories through digital, multimodal, and non-linear means like computer games. We’ll also experiment with hands-on book technologies and make our own books. –Dr. Peebles
In this class, you can expect to learn things like the history of books from clay tablets and scrolls to e-books and video games. As Dr. Peebles notes, “We’ll look at new ways of telling stories through digital, multimodal, and non-linear means like computer games. We’ll also experiment with hands-on book technologies and make our own books.” In a world that is rapidly going digital, it is imperative to understand where the first books began, so we can imagine how their stories evolve.
You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to not only dig deeper into the history of storytelling but to create your own books as well.