Writing Without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes

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The history of writing, or so the standard story goes, is an ascending process, evolving toward the alphabet and finally culminating in the "full writing" of recorded speech. Writing without Words challenges this orthodoxy, and with it widespread notions of literacy and dominant views of art and literature, history and geography. Asking how knowledge was encoded and preserved in Pre-Columbian and early colonial Mesoamerican cultures, the authors focus on systems of writing that did not strive to represent speech. Their ...

Writing Without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes 1994, Duke University Press

ISBN-13: 9780822313779

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