The aim of this course is to provide the student with basic knowledge of the conditions of graphic communication, of media and of documents in a both historical and cultural perspective. The relationship among texts, their materiality, and social change is studied. Focus is placed on three communication shifts: the change from the roll to the codex in late antiquity or early Middle Ages, the introduction of printing, and the digital revolution.
Graphic documents and their production, technique, economy, and aesthetics are studied. These include books, newspapers, images, and digital documents. The technology of script (from manuscript to digital script, as well as the history, theory and practices of bibliography) is also examined.
The importance of graphic design is treated. The form of a text has a bearing on who reads it, and how it is read. The rationale behind different versions of a printed text is analyzed and discussed, and the history of publishing is presented. The distribution and cultural significance of different documents are studied in the light of the growth of the book market, libraries, and the development and change of reading habits.
The course consists of three modules, one introductory and two thematic:
1. Book history, graphic culture and social change, 15 ECTS
2. Graphic technique and form, 7, 5 ECTS
3. Bibliography and the
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