History of Reading

History of Reading

by Steven Roger Fischer

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Steven Roger Fischer's fascinating book traces the complete story of reading from the time when symbol first became sign through to the electronic texts of the present day. Describing ancient forms of reading and the various modes that were necessary to read different writing systems and scripts, Fischer turns to Asia and the Americas and discusses the forms and developments of completely divergent dimensions of reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861895950
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Series: Globalities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Steven Roger Fischer FRS is a former director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand. He has written many books including A History of Language, A History of Writing, and Island at the End of the World: The Turbulent History of Easter Island, all also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

1The Immortal Witness11
2The Papyrus Tongue45
3A World of Reading99
4The Parchment Eye141
5The Printed Page205
6The 'Universal Conscience'253
7Reading the Future307
Select Bibliography365
Illustration Acknowledgements373

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