Students in the university’s “History of the Book” course have curated a term-ending exhibition from OSU’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library that they will be discussing in a program at the Thompson Library, Room 150, on Tuesday, December 12 from 1-3 p.m.
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.
Visitors are encouraged to explore what books as bodies can tell us about their own lifetimes and yours. Exhibit visitors are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage with the 13 students who curated the exhibitions with questions and comments.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.