Approaches to the History of Written Culture: A World by Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

This e-book investigates the historical past of writing as a cultural perform in various contexts and classes. It analyses the rituals and practices deciding upon intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing in addition to bureaucratic and spiritual writing. From the inscribed photos of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing within the glossy period, entry to writing know-how and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten experiences, awarded by means of best historians of scribal tradition from seven international locations, the ebook investigates the makes use of of writing in non-alphabetical in addition to alphabetical script, in societies starting from local the US and historical Korea to fashionable Europe. The authors emphasise the fabric features of writing, and in so doing they pose questions on the definition of writing itself. Drawing on services in a variety of disciplines, they provide an up to date account of the present country of data in a box on the leading edge of ‘Book History’.

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