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By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

ISBN-10: 3319541358

ISBN-13: 9783319541358

This e-book investigates the heritage of writing as a cultural perform in quite a few contexts and sessions. It analyses the rituals and practices picking 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 know-how and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten reviews, offered through 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 USA and old Korea to fashionable Europe. The authors emphasise the fabric features of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on services in a variety of disciplines, they provide an up to date account of the present kingdom of data in a box on the vanguard of ‘Book History’.

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