Latin American Library to offer Rare Book School course

Start Date
April 30, 2021 - 12:47 pm
End Date
June 19, 2021 - 4:47 pm

The Latin American Library (LAL) will be offering a satellite summer course with Rare Book School (RBS), a leading educational institute for topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections, housed at the University of Virginia.

LAL librarians Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernández, and Rachel Stein are co-designing and teaching the course, titled "Spanish American Textual Technologies to 1700." It will explore the history of textual technologies in the region now referred to as Spanish America from the pre-contact to colonial period (c. 300 BC to c. 1700 AD). The framework of “textual technologies”—as opposed to “the book”—encompasses the variety of material modes of writing and recording employed before and after 1492. The course will cover a broad range of topics, from stone inscriptions and painted texts on artifacts of a variety of materials to knot-tying, writing with ink on linen paper, and manual printing on the moveable-type press.

The ten-hour course will be offered online from June 14-18, 2021, 11am-1:30pm. It is a condensed version of a longer in-person course to take place at the LAL in 2022. 

Read the full course description.

Image: Rubbing of Lintel 15 from the site of Yaxchilán, Chiapas, Mexico. From the Merle Greene Robertson Collection 133, Manuscripts Collection.

Image: Rubbing of Lintel 15 from the site of Yaxchilán, Chiapas, Mexico. From the Merle Greene Robertson Collection 133, Manuscripts Collection.