This course explores media theory from a historical perspective, looking at 18th- and 19th-century instances of “media saturation.” We will consider the physical nature and structure of the codex and the historical changes that led to the emergence of media theory and book history. Expect theoretical forays into media ecology, post- structuralism, bibliography, object-studies, embodied practice, and infrastructure studies. When appropriate, we will meet in collaboration with Lori Emerson’s Infrastructure Studies course. The course will meet several times in Special Collections and include field trips to the Book Arts League. You will also do several hands-on labs in the classroom and as homework.