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The history and uncertain future of handwriting / Anne Trubek.

Trubek, Anne, 1966- (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781620402153
  • ISBN: 1620402157
  • Physical Description: xiv, 177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-166) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: handwriting is history -- The strangely familiar very far past -- The problem with very beautiful writing -- The long tail of Greece and Rome -- Human xerox machines -- The politics of script -- Handwriting as distinction -- Righteous, manly hands -- A devilish contrivance -- Long descenders -- Questioned documents -- Digital handwriting -- The continual revival of fancy letters -- The science of handwriting -- Conclusion: our John Hancocks.
Summary, etc.:
This book uncovers the long and significant impact handwriting has had on culture and humanity--from the first recorded handwriting on the clay tablets of the Sumerians some four thousand years ago and the invention of the alphabet as we know it, to the rising value of handwritten manuscripts today.
"The future of handwriting is anything but certain. Its history, however, shows how much it has affected culture and civilization for millennia. In the digital age of instant communication, handwriting is less necessary than ever before, and indeed fewer and fewer schoolchildren are being taught how to write in cursive. Signatures--far from John Hancock's elegant model--have become scrawls. In her recent and widely discussed and debated essays, Anne Trubek argues that the decline and even elimination of handwriting from daily life does not signal a decline in civilization, but rather the next stage in the evolution of communication. Now, in The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, Trubek uncovers the long and significant impact handwriting has had on culture and humanity--from the first recorded handwriting on the clay tablets of the Sumerians some four thousand years ago and the invention of the alphabet as we know it, to the rising value of handwritten manuscripts today. Each innovation over the millennia has threatened existing standards and entrenched interests: Indeed, in ancient Athens, Socrates and his followers decried the very use of handwriting, claiming memory would be destroyed; while Gutenberg's printing press ultimately overturned the livelihood of the monks who created books in the pre-printing era. And yet new methods of writing and communication have always appeared. Establishing a novel link between our deep past and emerging future, Anne Trubek offers a colorful lens through which to view our shared social experience."--Publisher's description.
Subject: Writing > History.
Penmanship > History.
Writing > History.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES > Handwriting.
HISTORY > World.
Penmanship.
Writing.
Genre: History.
History.