A History of Reading in the West / Edition 1

A History of Reading in the West / Edition 1

by Guglielmo Cavallo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558494111

ISBN-13: 9781558494114

Pub. Date: 10/07/2003

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Books and other texts have not always been read in the way that we read them today. The modern practice of reading -- privately, silently, with the eyes alone -- is only one way of reading, which for many centuries existed alongside other forms. In the ancient world, in the Middle Ages, and as late as the seventeenth century, many texts were written for the voice.

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Books and other texts have not always been read in the way that we read them today. The modern practice of reading -- privately, silently, with the eyes alone -- is only one way of reading, which for many centuries existed alongside other forms. In the ancient world, in the Middle Ages, and as late as the seventeenth century, many texts were written for the voice. They were addressed to the ear as much as the eye, and they used forms that were oriented toward the demands of oral performance. This is one of the themes explored in this landmark volume. Written by a distinguished group of international contributors, it analyzes the transformations of reading methods and materials over the ages, showing that revolutions of reading have generally preceded revolutions of the book. The authors examine not only the technical innovations that changed physical aspects of books and other texts, but also the evolving forms of reading and the growth and transformation of the reading public. The volume will be invaluable to students of cultural history and to all those who want a fresh perspective on the history of books and their uses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558494114
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/07/2003
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
681,227
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note.

Introduction: Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier.

1. Archaic and Classical Greece: The Invention of Silent Reading: Jesper Svenbro.

2. Between Volumen and Codex: Reading in the Roman World: Guglielmo Cavallo.

3. Reading, Copying and Interpreting a Text in the Early Middle Ages: M. B. Parkes.

4. The Scholastic Model of Reading: Jacqueline Hamesse.

5. Reading in the Later Middle Ages: Paul Saenger.

6. Reading in the Jewish Communities of Western Europe In the Middle Ages: Robert Bonfil.

7. The Humanist as Reader: Anthony Grafton.

8. Protestant Reformations and Reading: Jean-François Gilmont.

9. Reading and the Counter-Reformation: Dominique Julia.

10. Reading Matter and 'Popular' Reading: From the Renaissance to the Seventeenth Century: Roger Chartier.

11. Was there a Reading Revolution at the End of the Eighteenth Century? Reinhard Wittman.

12. New Readers in the Nineteenth Century: Women, Children, Workers: Martyn Lyons.

13. Reading to Read: A Future for Reading: Armando Petrucci.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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