Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives

Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives

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Historians have often assumed that the lives of the poor and illiterate can never be known because they have left little written record of their existence. The voices of the uneducated are there, however, and their written traces can be deciphered, if we take the trouble to look for them. This book will establish some of the main themes and frontiers of a new field of historical study: that of 'ordinary writings', (or altIgecritures ordinaries) - the improvised and often ephemeral writings of the poor, the young and the hitherto silent people of history.altBRg This collection of new studies from France, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Iceland, Greece, Italy and Britain has a coherent focus on the transition to writing literacy in 19th and 20th century Europe. The overall theme is the access of ordinary people to writing, examined in the concrete forms which writing took and the specific functions which it performed. The uses of writing, and the cultural practices in which they were embedded, are explained in their context of social and political relations, gender relations and relations between the literate and the illiterate.qCrofters Gustaf Fredrik Brask (1829-1906) was interested in reading even as a child. He attended an ambulatory school for a short period. At that time these schools did not teach writing, and it is not known when and how he learned to write. ... Later, his style changed and he started to prepare long essays on various issues.

Title:Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives
Author:Martyn Lyons
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2007


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