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By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

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 opting for 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 know-how and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten stories, offered by means of top 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 US and old Korea to trendy Europe. The authors emphasise the cloth 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 data in a box on the leading edge of ‘Book History’.

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