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The Ethnography of Reading

Jonathan Boyarin


Writing, the subject of much innovative scholarship in recent years, is only half of what we call literacy. The other half, reading, receives its due in these essays by a group of anthropologists and literary scholars. The essays move beyond the simple rubric of “literacy” in its traditional sense of evolutionary advancement from oral to written communication. Some investigate reading in exotically cross-cultural contexts. Some analyze the long historical transformation of reading in the West from a collective, oral practice to the private, silent one it is today, while others demonstrate that ... More

Keywords: writing, literacy, reading, communication, cross-cultural contexts, social activity, Anglo-Saxon England, Indonesia, ancient Israel, Kashaya Pomo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780520079557
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520079557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Boyarin, editor