A History of Reading and Writing: In the Western World

Paperback | December 15, 2009

byMartyn Lyons

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Offering a fresh history centred on the reactions and experiences of ordinary readers and writers, Lyons deals with key turning points that occurred throughout the centuries, such as the invention of the codex, the transition from scribal to print culture, the reading revolution and the industrialisation of the book. Tracing the major historical developments across Europe and North America which revolutionized our relationship with texts, this book provides an engaging and invaluable overview of the history of scribal and print culture.

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Offering a fresh history centred on the reactions and experiences of ordinary readers and writers, Lyons deals with key turning points that occurred throughout the centuries, such as the invention of the codex, the transition from scribal to print culture, the reading revolution and the industrialisation of the book. Tracing the major ...

MARTYN LYONS lectures at UNSW. He has held visiting positions at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Universidade Federal Fluminense at Niteri (Brazil). His areas of interest include French revolutionary and Napoleonic history and the history of the book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6.24 × 0.38 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230001629

ISBN - 13:9780230001626

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Table of Contents

What is the History of Reading?
Reading and Writing in the Ancient and Medieval world
Was there a Printing Revolution?
Print and the Protestant Reformation
Print and the Renaissance/The Humanist Reader
Print and Popular Culture
The Rise of Literacy in the Early Modern west
Books and Censorship in the Age of Enlightenment
Was there a Reading Revolution?
Towards a Mass Reading Public in the 19th and 20th Century
The Expanison of the Reading Public
The Uses of Writing
Conclusion