This seminar is about the pleasures and powers of reading. From the Sumerian clay tablets of more than four millennia ago through the spectacular emergence of the electronic text, the written word – in all its forms – has captivated the human mind, embodied our insights into the world around us, and made enduring our most profound artistic creations and scientific discoveries. This semester we journey into the history of the book by means of some of its most resonant artifacts, past and present.

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