Written culture in a colonial context : Africa and the Americas, 1500-1900 /
edited by Adrien Delmas, Nigel Penn.
Boston : Brill, c2012.
xxxii, 379 p. : ill.
9004223894 (Paper), 9789004223899 (Paper)
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Boston : Brill, c2012.
9004223894 (Paper)
9789004223899 (Paper)
general note
Papers first presented at a conference at the University of Cape Town in Dec. 2008.
Previously published: UCT Press, 2011.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adrien Delmas, Ph.D. (2010) in History, cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, is currently reseacher at the European University Institute, Florence. He has published on travel wriling in the early modern world, including voyages de l'crit. Culture crite et expansion europene l'poque moderne, cssais surla Compagnie Hollandaise des Indes Orientates (Honor Champion, 2012). Nigel Penn, Ph.D. (1995) in History, University of Cape Town, is Professor of History at the University of Cape Town. He has published extensively in early Cape colonial history including The forgotten Frontier (University of Ohio Press, 2005).
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Description for Reader
All those interested in book history, literacy studies, colonial history, early modern history, African history, American and Latin American history.
Long Description
Recent developments in the cultural history of written culture have omitted the specificity of practices relative to writing that were anchored in colonial contexts. The circulation of manuscripts and books between different continents played a key role in the process of the first globalization from the 16th century onwards. While the European colonial organization mobilised several forms of writing and tried to control the circulation and reception of this material, the very function and meaning of written culture was recreated by the introduction and appropriation of written culture into societies without alphabetical forms of writing. This book explores the extent to which the control over the materiality of writing has shaped the numerous and complex processes of cultural exchange during the early modern period.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume explores the extent to which the control over the materiality of writing has shaped the numerous and complex processes of cultural exchange during the early modern period.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Foreword: Writing at Seap. ix
Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: The written word and the worldp. xvii
Rock art, scripts and proto-scripts in Africa: The Libyco-Berber examplep. 3
From pictures to letters: The early steps in the Mexican tlahcuilo's alphabetisation process during the 16th centuryp. 31
Edmond R. Smith's writing lesson: Archive and representation in 19th-century Araucaniap. 57
Missionary knowledge in context: Geographical knowledge of Ethiopia in dialogue during the 16th and 17th centuriesp. 75
From travelling to history: An outline of the VOC writing system during the 17th centuryp. 97
Towards an archaeology of globalisation: Readings and writings of Tommaso Campanella on a theological-political empire between the Old and the New worlds (16th-17th centuries)p. 127
Charlevoix and the American savage: The 18th-century traveller as moralistp. 149
Written culture and the Cape Khoikhoi: From travel writingto Kolb's 'Full Descriptionp. 171
Nothing new under the sun: Anatomy of a literary-historical polemic in colonial Cape Town circa 1880-1910p. 195
Mapuche-Tehuelche Spanish writing and Argentinian-Chilean expansion during the 19th centuryp. 215
To my Dear Minister: Official letters of African Wesleyan Evangelists in the late 19th-century Transvaalp. 243
Literacy and land at the Bay of Natal: Documents and practices across spaces and social economiesp. 259
The 'painting' of black history: The Afro-Cuban codex of José Antonio Aponte (Havana, Cuba, 1812)p. 283
On not spreading the Word: Ministers of religion and written culture at the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th centuryp. 317
Occurrences and eclipses of the myth of Ulysses in Latin American culturep. 341
Indexp. 373
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