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The Book as a Cultural Icon


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Books have served as symbols of rebellion, propaganda for political movements, and even weapons of war. They've been censored, locked up, trampled, and burned, but they've also been respected and even worshipped.

By challenging the status quo, books sometimes rally readers to take action. Even mediocre books by obscure authors can suddenly become cultural icons. In some cases, authors and publishers even perpetrate literary hoaxes in hopes of proving a point about society or simply selling a few copies. While some books are treated with respect and awe, others become censored, suppressed, or even burned.

This section of the course will explore the book as a cultural icon:


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