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I-10. Introduction to the History of Illustration

Erin C. Blake

This introduction to printed book illustration from the c15 to the present day will combine a chronological overview with surveys of selected genres such as children's books, science, history, and fiction. The course will center on illustrations in typical publications, concentrating on the results of changing technology and changing reader expectations rather than aesthetics, although private press books and major artists will also be touched on. The focus of the course will be on English, French, and American materials, though book illustration in other Western countries will also be discussed. The course will rely on original examples from the extensive RBS collections, supplemented by materials from UVa Special Collections and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

In their personal statements, applicants should describe their background (formal and/or informal) in the topic, and their reasons for wishing to take the course at this time.

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This course is added to the bulletin.
Erin C. Blake teaches this course for the first time.