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A History of Writing
Author: Anne-Marie Christin

ISBN: 9782080108876
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 403
Published: 12 November 2002
Country of Publication: FR
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 23.8 x 3.6
Description:
Art does not produce the visible but makes visible," wrote Paul Klee. This work examines and reinterprets this important principle-- writing does not reproduce speech, it makes it visible-- through an in-depth history of writing across the globe, from ancient civilization to the modern day.

A History of Writing analyses the role of the image in writing from three perspectives:
Part one is devoted to the oldest, non-alphabetic methods of writing, and to the ingenious developments devised by civilizations that chose to adapt them to their language and culture: from the ancient development of cuneiform script in southern Mesopotamia, to the intricate ideographic scripts of China and Japan, or the still-to-be-deciphered rongo-rongo script of Easter Island.
Part two focuses on the history and dissemination of alphabets, examining the origins of the Western semitic alphabet and its "sister" Arabic alphabet script, through to the lesser-known scripts of the Caucasus or of sub-Saharan Africa.
Part three, finally, examines the reincorporation of imagery into the Western alphabet, looking at vari...

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