Evolution of the Book
the Year of the Book, the Penn
Humanities Forum presents an exhibition and panel discussion
on the history of books and writing surfaces in Rosenwald Gallery,
at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library on Sunday, September 22. This special
exhibition, which will be open from 2 to 5 p.m., offers an encyclopedic
tour of the various surfaces humans have used to communicate meaning.
The exhibition, Writing Surfaces: Matters of Texts will be
on view in the Library until January 10.
panel of distinguished Penn faculty--Peter Stallybrass of English,
Shane Butler of Classical Studies, and Millicent Marcus of Italian
Studies--opens the exhibition with a discussion of what it means
to call something a book, 2-4 p.m.
Penn Humanities Forum has dedicated its 2002-2003 lectures, seminars,
and exhibitions to the topic of The Book, perhaps the greatest
textual communications technology ever invented. Over much of the
world, the Gutenberg Revolution changed the face of culture, its
dominance holding for half a millennium. But now, with the emergence
of strikingly new means of textual transmission, the era of the
book appears to be over. At this moment of transition, we would
do well to examine the complicated impact of the book, its influence
on the electronic media that threaten to supersede it.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 4, September 17, 2002
September 17, 2002
Volume 49 Number 4