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The Russian Graphosphere, 1450-1850

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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108492577

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  • The 'graphosphere' is the dynamic space of visible words. Graphospheres mutate, they are reconfigured with changes in technology, in modes of production, in social structures, in fashion and taste. The graphospheric environment can be public or private, monumental or ephemeral. This book explores a new approach to the study of writing, with a focus on Russia during its 'long early modernity' from the late fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century. Taking an inclusive approach, it charts unmapped territory, uncovers sources that have almost entirely escaped attention and therefore provides, in the first instance, a unique reference guide to cultures of writing in Russia over four hundred years. Besides generating fresh insights into distinctive features of Russian culture, this outward-looking and accessible book offers a pioneering case study for the wider comparative exploration of the significance of technologies of the word.

    • Explores a new approach to writing, through the concept of the graphosphere - the space of visible words
    • Delivers a uniquely comprehensive coverage of over four centuries of the Russian graphosphere
    • Explores a distinctive feature of Russian culture
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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108492577
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Concepts and contexts
    2. Production in the graphosphere, I: primary writing
    3. Production in the graphosphere, II: secondary writing
    4. Scripts and languages of the graphosphere
    5. Places and times of the graphosphere
    6. Aspects of the ecology of the graphosphere
    7. Aspects of authority and status in the graphosphere
    8. (In)conclusion.

  • Author

    Simon Franklin, University of Cambridge
    Simon Franklin is Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c.950-1300 (Cambridge, 2002), and has edited, with Emma Widdis, National Identity in Russian Culture (Cambridge, 2004); and, with Katherine Bowers, Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600–1854 (2017).

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