The Chinese Typewriter: A History

The Chinese Typewriter: A History

by Thomas S. Mullaney

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262536103
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 519,677
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas S. Mullaney is Professor of History at Stanford University and the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: There Is No Alphabet Here 1

1 Incompatible With Modernity 35

2 Puzzling Chinese 75

3 Radical Machines 123

4 What Do You Call A Typewriter With No Keys? 161

5 Controlling The Kanjisphere 195

6 Qwerty Is Dead! Long Live Qwerty! 237

7 The Typing Rebellion 283

Conclusion: Toward A History Of Chinese Computing And The Age Of Input 315

Table Of Archives 323

Biographies Of Key Historical Persons 325

Character Glossary 329

Notes 337

Bibliography Of Sources 401

Index 457

What People are Saying About This

Wang Hui

The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating book: in the light ofnew developments in computer science, Thomas Mullaney brings us a completely different interpretationofnonalphabetic Chinese and the modern fate of Chinese culture through thehistorical lensofthe Chinese typewriter. This is a rich bookthatencompasses different resources, historical insights, andintriguingstorytelling from long and broadperspectives.

Ai Weiwei

The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating and extensive study into the characteristics of the Chinese language.

From the Publisher

The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating and extensive study into the characteristics of the Chinese language.

Ai Weiwei

Mullaney reveals a topic I have always attempted to investigate through my art. The book is not about the tool itself, but the characteristics of Chinese-writing cultures. It explains what is behind Chinese thinking and its unique working method, and why China is what it is today.

Xu Bing , artist; creator of Book from the Sky and Square Word Calligraphy

The Chinese Typewriter is lucidly written and brilliantly conceived. This book will help readers understand and appreciate China, the Chinese language, and writing in general with greater and necessary nuance.

Lisa Gitelman , editor of “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron and author of Paper Knowledge

The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating book: in the light ofnew developments in computer science, Thomas Mullaney brings us a completely different interpretationofnonalphabetic Chinese and the modern fate of Chinese culture through thehistorical lensofthe Chinese typewriter. This is a rich bookthatencompasses different resources, historical insights, andintriguingstorytelling from long and broadperspectives.

Wang Hui , Professor of Literature and History, Tsinghua University; author of China's Twentieth Century

Endorsement

The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating book: in the light ofnew developments in computer science, Thomas Mullaney brings us a completely different interpretationofnonalphabetic Chinese and the modern fate of Chinese culture through thehistorical lensofthe Chinese typewriter. This is a rich bookthatencompasses different resources, historical insights, andintriguingstorytelling from long and broadperspectives.

Wang Hui, Professor of Literature and History, Tsinghua University; author of China's Twentieth Century

Lisa Gitelman

The Chinese Typewriter is lucidly written and brilliantly conceived. This book will help readers understand and appreciate China, the Chinese language, and writing in general with greater and necessary nuance.

Xu Bing

Mullaney reveals a topic I have always attempted to investigate through my art. The book is not about the tool itself, but the characteristics of Chinese-writing cultures. It explains what is behind Chinese thinking and its unique working method, and why China is what it is today.

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