MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures and English Print Workshop
27 March 2017
Students enrolled on MA programmes in Comparative Literatures and Cultures and English enjoyed a morning learning how to set type and print a poem using techniques which have remained largely unchanged since Gutenberg set up his presses in the mid-fifteenth century.
The workshop was led by Nick and Ellen at The Letterpress Collective and was designed as part of the MA course, ‘Global Cultures of the Book’, which introduces the theory and methods of the history of the book through comparative case studies ranging from some of the first editions printed in Renaissance Italy through to contemporary graphic novels in Brazil.
The opportunity to become practitioners for a couple of hours was a powerful way of stimulating further reflection on classroom discussions concerning both theoretical perspectives and historical printing technologies.