Reading the History of Reading
In Winter 2013 I’m teaching an advanced undergraduate seminar in “The History of Reading” (English 503). That definite article — the — is misleading: this isn’t a definitive history of all reading, but rather A History of Reading, as Alberto Manguel called his book on the subject.
Here are the five required books I’m assigning. Details of the course schedule &c. to follow. We’ll read them in (roughly) this order:
- Susan Hill, Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
- A. S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance
- Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
- Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude CarriÃ¨re, This is Not the End of the Book
- Stephen Ramsay, Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism