By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

This publication investigates the background of writing as a cultural perform in a number of contexts and classes. It analyses the rituals and practices identifying 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 sleek period, entry to writing expertise and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten stories, awarded by way of best 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 US and historical 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 number of disciplines, they offer an updated account of the present nation of information in a box on the vanguard of ‘Book History’.

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