Encountering the Rare Book


Excerpt from essay by Andrea Eis: The palpability of book form, as a corporeal container for human thought, is distinctive from the reading of a book. The encounter with a book’s content happens in a reader’s mind; with a tangible book, that encounter is physical as well—it becomes matter for the senses. To hold a book that was printed in 1605, to touch a page that may not have been touched in hundreds of years, is a visceral experience that cannot be replicated in the digital realm.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, September 6 – October 7, 2018. Contains essays by Andrea Eis, and numerous Oakland University faculty members.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Kresge Library, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of English, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences. Women and Gender Studies Program, Cinema Studies Program