By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

This e-book investigates the historical past of writing as a cultural perform in numerous contexts and sessions. It analyses the rituals and practices deciding upon intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing in addition to bureaucratic and spiritual writing. From the inscribed photographs of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing within the smooth period, entry to writing expertise and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten experiences, awarded by way of prime historians of scribal tradition from seven nations, the booklet 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 trendy 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 numerous disciplines, they offer an updated account of the present country of information in a box on the leading edge of ‘Book History’.

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