Writing and European Thought, 1600-1830

Writing and European Thought, 1600-1830

by Nicholas Hudson, Hudson Nicholas
     
 

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Writing and European Thought, 1600-1830 argues for the central importance of writing to conceptions of language, technological progress and Western civilisation during the Early Modern Era. Attitudes to the written language changed radically between the late Renaissance and Romanticism, and Nicholas Hudson traces the development of thought about language during this

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Writing and European Thought, 1600-1830 argues for the central importance of writing to conceptions of language, technological progress and Western civilisation during the Early Modern Era. Attitudes to the written language changed radically between the late Renaissance and Romanticism, and Nicholas Hudson traces the development of thought about language during this period, challenging some central assumptions of modern historical scholarship. He asserts that European thinkers have not been uniformly <'logocentric>', and he questions the assumption that the rise of print and literacy produced a more visually oriented culture. Through detailed readings of major writers, Hudson shows how writing became the emblem of the superiority of European culture, and how, with the expansion of print culture, European intellectuals became more aware of the virtues of <'orality>' and the deficiencies of literate society.

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"Drawing on a wide variety of sources and spreading across several disciplines--literary, philosophic, and liguistic history--this is a solid and original study, quite unlike other histories of linguistics, rhetoric, and style in its singular focus on writing, and the period's gradual separation of writing and speech as separate functions of language." SEL

"...this is an admirable book. ...students of literature, philosophy, and linguistics will find this detailed and trustworthy connected history immensly useful. Graduate students; researchers." Choice

"Hudson's well-researched and well-argued book is very much worth reading." Patrick hutton, Canadian Journal of History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025027
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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