Books take on bodies, both within the text and out of the physical materials from which they were made. The matter on which our idea of “books” relies is continually changing and shapes our understanding of the conception, presentation, binding, decay, death, recycling, and reception of both books and the materials necessary for their existence. Additionally, these book-bodies and the texts within them make claims upon readers’ bodies, influencing the reader's physical positioning as well as his or her thoughts and emotions. On Tuesday, December 12, from 1-3 in 150 Thompson Library, come take a look at the exhibition we have curated from the holdings of OSU's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and ask yourself what books as bodies can tell us about their own lifetimes and yours. This event is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Department of English, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of The Ohio State University Libraries.
For more information, please contact professor David Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org.