Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas's Approaches to the History of Written Culture: A World PDF

By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

ISBN-10: 3319541358

ISBN-13: 9783319541358

This e-book investigates the background of writing as a cultural perform in numerous contexts and sessions. It analyses the rituals and practices opting for intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing in addition to bureaucratic and spiritual writing. From the inscribed pictures of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing within the sleek period, entry to writing expertise and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten reviews, offered by way of prime historians of scribal tradition from seven international locations, the e-book investigates the makes use of of writing in non-alphabetical in addition to alphabetical script, in societies starting from local the US and old Korea to fashionable Europe. The authors emphasise the cloth features of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on services in numerous disciplines, they provide an updated account of the present kingdom of data in a box on the vanguard of ‘Book History’.

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