Courses at BAB Institutions

This is a list of relevant courses at BAB institutions, open to matriculated students and others in the Baltimore Collegetown Network through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program. For questions about an individual course, contact the instructor or home institution as indicated below. If you are interested in taking a class at another Collegetown institution, contact your campus registrar office to make arrangements (note that first-year students are not eligible for the exchange program).

Spring 2017

(Goucher) GER 240 German Comics & Graphic Novels

What are comics, picture books and graphic novels? How do they tell stories? What are their elements? How do text and image work together? Are they literature? Art? How do they fit into literary and art movements of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century? These are the questions that will drive this course on German literature. This class is taught in German.

Instructor: Antje Sabine Krueger,

(Goucher) ENG 242 From the Puritan Diaries to Oprah’s Book Club: Reading and Writing in America

Using insights gleaned from various disciplines, this course examines the history of reading and writing in America. In particular, we will study how written texts are produced, disseminated, and consumed. Topics include Indians and the discovery of print; the sentimental novel; slave narratives; religious readers; the making of an American literary canon; comic books in modern America; and, of course, Oprah’s book club. *Prerequisite: sophomore standing or HIS 110 or HIS 111

Instructor: Matthew Hale,

(Goucher) HP 270 Life and Labor at Epsom Farm

The story of Epsom Farm, which occupied the land upon which Goucher College was built, has yet to be written. This course will explore Epsom’s past by studying manuscript diaries, journals, and letters that document the lives of the farm owners as well as the lives of the enslaved workers, wage workers, and craftsmen who labored on the farm. To facilitate the study of original manuscripts, students will learn methods of documentary transcription and editing.

Instructor: Tina Sheller,

(Goucher) WRT 281 Graphic Novel

Many children learn to read by reading comics, yet for decades, comics were, at best, considered poor writing and were banned from classrooms and libraries. Today, however, comics have become a multimillion-dollar industry and have captured both popular and scholarly imaginations. Why is this so? This class seeks to investigate this paradox and other related big questions (what is originality? What makes great art great?) by examining comic and sequential art through its representative genres, and by diving into the creative process itself. *Prerequisite: WRT 181/181H or sophomore standing

Instructor: Charlee Sterling,

(JHU) 010.310 The ‘Long Sixties’ in Europe

Emphasis will be on advanced artistic practice primarily in France, Italy, the Benelux, and German-speaking countries; students will curate an exhibition of avant-garde journals from the Sheridan Libraries. Permission required.

Instructor: Molly Warnock,

(JHU) 389.343 Edgar Allan Poe and His Afterlives

We will investigate the creative development and iconic afterlife of a canonical American author, Edgar Allan Poe, as a case-study in literary legacy and cultural heritage. What is the lifespan of a literary work, and how do works “stay alive” for later generations? Students will examine rare Poe materials and create a digital exhibition of Poe archives.

Instructor: Gabrielle Dean,

(Loyola) The Bible as Book

Instructor: Kerry Boeye,

(Loyola) Book Arts and Artists’ Books

Instructor: Janet Maher,

(MICA) PR 205.01 Chapbooks & Broadsides

An introduction to letterpress printing through the use of poetic language. This course will review the basic concepts of letterpress printing and history. Students will edition a series of unique broadsides and chapbooks working with basic hand typesetting, using metal type, wood type, and finally the composition of polymer plates for letterpress printing.

Instructor: Isabel Lederman,

(MICA) IL 266.01 Book Illustration

The course serves as an introduction to the art of the illustrated story. Students learn traditional parts and functions of illustration when it pertains to books as well as the fundamentals when it comes to choosing the themes to visualize in a narrative. A basic history of the Illustrated Book is covered with both historical and contemporary examples examined.

Instructor: Joyce Hesselberth,

(MICA) GFA 305.01 Mixed Media Book

Contemporary book forms. Create with a variety of materials, exploring the relationship between the book form and materials selected. Exploration of trace monoprints, paper cutting, wet and dry media, embroidery drawing, alternative surfaces, and dipped paper encaustics for transparent books. Studio course.

Instructor: Stephanie Garmey,

(MICA) IL 366.01 Advanced Book Illustration

Students are expected to have knowledge of all the basic concepts involved in illustrating a story. In this class the students tackle the advanced aspects of book illustration, including styles, market, reproduction, etc. Students will work on independent projects and explore the subject in depth. A wide variety of illustrated books are addressed. *Prerequisite: IL 266

Instructor: Shadra Strickland,

(MICA) AH 430 Making Medieval Books

This course provides a survey of European manuscript production from the early medieval period through the late Gothic era, and touches on the early history of printed books. Students learn about the lavish miniatures found in deluxe manuscripts and examine the ornamental treatment of the text, including display script, illuminated initials, colored parchment, and marginalia. *Prerequisite: AH 201

Instructor: Owen Phelan,

Intersession 2017

(JHU) 360.128 Introducing the George Peabody Library

Love social media and rare books? Why not combine the two? In this course students will learn about the history of the George Peabody Library, explore its incredible collection of rare books, and creatively share the library’s mysteries through social media. From a whirlwind survey of book history to examining how modern technology is giving rare materials new audiences, students will see that there is life in that old book yet.

Instructor: Heidi Herr,