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By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

This publication investigates the historical past of writing as a cultural perform in a number of contexts and classes. It analyses the rituals and practices opting for intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing in addition to bureaucratic and non secular writing. From the inscribed photos 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 experiences, offered via best historians of scribal tradition from seven international locations, the publication investigates the makes use of of writing in non-alphabetical in addition to alphabetical script, in societies starting from local the United States and historic Korea to trendy Europe. The authors emphasise the fabric features of writing, and in so doing they pose questions on the definition of writing itself. Drawing on services in quite a few disciplines, they offer an up to date account of the present country of data in a box on the leading edge of ‘Book History’.

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