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By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

ISBN-10: 3319541358

ISBN-13: 9783319541358

This booklet investigates the historical past of writing as a cultural perform in various contexts and classes. It analyses the rituals and practices picking out intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing in addition to bureaucratic and non secular writing. From the inscribed pictures of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing within the glossy period, entry to writing expertise and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten experiences, awarded by means of top historians of scribal tradition from seven international locations, the booklet investigates the makes use of of writing in non-alphabetical in addition to alphabetical script, in societies starting from local the United States and historical Korea to trendy Europe. The authors emphasise the cloth 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 updated account of the present country of information in a box on the vanguard of ‘Book History’.

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