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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Weird Books

Instructor(s): Paul Benzon, English

In this course, we will take up these and other questions as we study a range of unconventional, experimental, and weird books from different disciplinary perspectives. We’ll explore how novelists and poets play with typography, images, and the space of the page to produce different literary effects, and what it means for authors to construct a book as a collage of historical material. We’ll look at artists’ books on campus at the Tang Museum and Scribner Library’s Special Collections in order to consider what it means to treat the book as an artistic object, and we’ll think about how creators across a range of disciplines use the form of the book to engage with questions of power, justice, and representation. Our ultimate goal will be to develop a more complex interdisciplinary understanding of the book as a literary, artistic, and social form.

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