FYS*101*34 Description

First-Year Seminar

In 1877, the poet, novelist, designer, and social activist, William Morris declared, "I do not want art for a few, any more, than education for a few, or freedom for a few." Since the invention of the printing press in 1440, writers have turned to broadsides, chapbooks, zines, artist's books, fine press books, and comics to spread their ideas outside of, traditional publishing. They have letterpress-printed, etched, designed, sewn, carved, drawn, or collaborated to perfect the method in which their words meet the world. Through readings, discussions, independent research, and their own writing, students will investigate the benefits and risks associated with various publication methods.