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- DescriptionThis book studies everyday writing practices among ordinary people in a poor rural society in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Using the abundance of handwritten material produced, disseminated and consumed some centuries after the advent of print as its research material, the book's focus is on its day-to-day usage and on mir kwledge, i.e., text matter originating and rooted primarily in the everyday life of the peasantry. The focus is on the history of education and communication in a global perspective. Rather than engaging in comparing different countries or regions, the authors seek to view and study early modern and modern manuscript culture as a transnational (or transregional) practice, giving agency to its ordinary participants and attention to hitherto overlooked source material. Through a microhistorical lens, the authors examine the strength of this aspect of popular culture and try to show it in a wider perspective, as well as asking questions about the importance of this development for the continuity of the literary tradition. The book is an attempt to explain the nature of the literary culture in general - how new ideas were transported from one person to ather, from community to community, and between regions; essentially, the role of mir kwledge in the development of modern men.
- Author BiographySigurdur Gylfi Magnusson is Professor of Cultural History in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Iceland. David Olafsson is Adjunct Lecturer of Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, at the University of Iceland.
- Author(s)David Olafsson,Sigurdur Gylfi Magnusson
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication15/07/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleRoutledge Studies in Cultural History
- Series Part/Volume Number47
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note22 black & white illustrations, 21 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
- Weight492 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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