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History of the Book 2: Book Archeology in the Leiden Special Collections

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2013-2014

Admission requirements

Only open to Book and Digital Media Studies students and BDMS exchange students. All others should contact the course organisers.

Description

The Leiden Special Collections are a treasure house, not only because they house a extremely important collection of medieval and early modern books, but also because these books can provide detailed information on the way in which they were made and used. This course will look at the physical evidence of the production and consumption of the collection. More in particular, two aspects will be studies. One concerns the use of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the binding of the books; the other focuses on the traces of ownership and use that can be found in the individual books.

Course objectives

  1. To learn to do book historical research by using and appraising primary source material and secondary literature;
    1. To learn to write a book historical research paper.

Timetable

The timetable will be available before the beginning of the course on the website.

Mode of instruction

Research seminar, starting with a series of introductory lectures, followed by weekly research meetings and oral presentations.

Course Load

The course load of this course is 280 hours.

  • hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 30

  • time for studying the secondary literature: 70

  • time to prepare to write a paper (including reading / research): 180

Participation in all sessions of this course is compulsory. Upon prior consultation, the lecturer can permit absence at one session for compelling reasons. Students who are absent twice in a half-semester course (7 weeks) will be excluded from further participation and will have to re-take the course. Students who are absent twice in a semester course (13 weeks) will be given an complementary assignment by the lecturer. Absence on three sessions in such a course will lead to exclusion from it.

Assessment method

Oral (25%) and written presentations (75%).

Blackboard

The course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

A reading list will be provided at the start of the course. (Blackwell, 2009).

Registration

Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:
ma-mediastudies@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Contact

MA Media Studies departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: ma-mediastudies@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Remarks

Location: Leiden University Library Special Collections.

“Participation in all sessions of this course is compulsory. Upon prior consultation, the lecturer can permit absence at one session for compelling reasons. Students who are absent twice in a half-semester course (7 weeks) will be excluded from further participation and will have to re-take the course. Students who are absent twice in a semester course (13 weeks) will be given an complementary assignment by the lecturer. Absence on three sessions in such a course will lead to exclusion from it.”