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This course explores the impact of new technology on the recording and distribution of words and images at three different times

The invention of the printing press ca. 1450; the adaptation of electricity to communication technology in the 19th century (telegraph, telephone, phonograph); and the emergence of digital media today. Assignments include essays and online projects. Students also participate in the design and construction of a hand-set printing press.

This course is also part of the Concourse program at MIT.

Course Curriculum

  • Pre-1800 Books, Paper, and Printing Presses Unlimited
  • Paper-Making in Eighteenth-Century France and Twenty-First Century Nepal Unlimited
  • The Book of Hours, Use of Paris, Circa 1450 Unlimited
  • The Nuremberg Chronicles, 1493, Part I Unlimited
  • The Nuremberg Chronicles, 1493, Part II Unlimited
  • The Bible in Print, 1453–1700 Unlimited
  • Reformation Images Unlimited
  • Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Celestial and Earthly Bodies Unlimited
  • Renaissance Religion and Cartography: Exploring the Role of Print Unlimited

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