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By Martyn Lyons,Rita Marquilhas

This publication investigates the heritage of writing as a cultural perform in a number of contexts and classes. It analyses the rituals and practices deciding upon 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 expertise and its private and non-private makes use of are tested. In ten stories, awarded via prime 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 United States 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 country of information in a box on the leading edge of ‘Book History’.

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