Approaches to the History of Written Culture

A World Inscribed
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 3. August 2018
 
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  • Softcover
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  • 284 Seiten
978-3-319-85328-4 (ISBN)
 
This book investigates the history of writing as a cultural practice in a variety of contexts and periods. It analyses the rituals and practices determining intimate or 'ordinary' writing as well as bureaucratic and religious writing. From the inscribed images of 'pre-literate' societies, to the democratization of writing in the modern era, access to writing technology and its public and private uses are examined. In ten studies, presented by leading historians of scribal culture from seven countries, the book investigates the uses of writing in non-alphabetical as well as alphabetical script, in societies ranging from Native America and ancient Korea to modern Europe. The authors emphasise the material characteristics of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on expertise in various disciplines, they give an up-to-date account of the current state of knowledge in a field at the forefront of 'Book History'.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
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  • 14 farbige Tabellen, 14 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 14 Tables, color; 14 Illustrations, black and white; IX, 272 p. 14 illus.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 371 gr
978-3-319-85328-4 (9783319853284)
10.1007/978-3-319-54136-5
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Martyn Lyons is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has published many books and articles on the history of reading and writing in Europe and Australia including A History of Reading & Writing in the Western World (Palgrave, 2010) and The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Europe, c.1860-c.1920 (2013). He has previously published 4 titles with Palgrave Macmillan.

Rita Marquilhas is Associate Professor in General & Romance Linguistics at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and chief investigator on the 'Postscriptum Project - A Digital Archive of Ordinary Writings in Early Modern Portugal and Spain'. She is the author of several articles on the social history of language.

1. A World Inscribed - Introduction.- 2. The Babylonian Scribes and their Libraries.- 3. Writings in the Korean Han'gul Script by and for the Women of Choson Korea.- 4. Paper World: The Materiality of Loss in the Pre-modern Age.- 5. Writings on the Streets: Ephemeral Texts and Public Space in the Early Modern Hispanic World.- 6. Writing One's Life: The French School of the Anthropology of Writing.- 7. Calendar, Chronicle and Songs of Sorrows: Generic Sources of Life Writing in Nineteenth-Century Finland.- 8. Reading the 'Cheyenne Letter': Towards a Typology of Inscription Beyond the Alphabet.- 9. The Scribal Culture of Children: A Fragmentary History.- 10. Policing Writing in the City, 1852-1945: The Invention of Scriptural Delinquency.- 11. QWERTYUIOP: How the Typewriter Influenced Writing Practices.- 12. The Future of the History of Writing.- Bibliography.- Index.

"Approaches to the History of Written Culture is a volume of breadth and ambition. It covers all periods from the second millennium BC to the late twentieth-century, a wide range of geographies, and deploys a challenging body of theoretical and methodological approaches to the topic of scribal cultures and practices." - David Vincent, Emeritus Professor of Social History, The Open University, UK

This book investigates the history of writing as a cultural practice in a variety of contexts and periods. It analyses the rituals and practices determining intimate or 'ordinary' writing as well as bureaucratic and religious writing. From the inscribed images of 'pre-literate' societies, to the democratization of writing in the modern era, access to writing technology and its public and private uses are examined. In ten studies, presented by leading historians of scribal culture from seven countries, the book investigates the uses of writing in non-alphabetical as well as alphabetical script, in societies ranging from Native America and ancient Korea to modern Europe. The authors emphasise the material characteristics of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on expertise in various disciplines, they give an up-to-date account of the current state of knowledge in a field at the forefront of 'Book History'.

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