Drawing on the expertise of various members of the faculty, this seminar covers central issues related to the production of literature as a material object, as an institutional site or practice, and as an enabling concept. Discussion will include the literatures of various historical moments and social groups.  Over the duration of this two-term course, students will have an opportunity to become familiar with the work of a number of faculty members who do research in the areas covered by the course.

The seminar’s syllabus is currently organized around three major questions: how technological change and material forms affect meaning and instigate or reflect cultural and epistemological shifts; how authorship has been historically understood, and how it has been shaped by economics and changing media; and how reading has been understood as a psychological, cultural, and political act, and how it has been shaped by institutional forces and practices.