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The largest single-type corpora that I used for this study are the Irish-language scribal manuscripts and the National Folklore Collection in Belfield.
terms "the scribal elite," that is, those formally trained as interpreters of the Torah.
Initial chapters deal adeptly with the place of formulae amongst other sources for the period, outlining questions of orality and literacy and highlighting the scribal mentality which is so important to Rio's methodology.
Scribal intrusion is very often responsible for some odd readings in thorough editions.
Other topics include scribal publication (the production and circulation of manuscripts, which may or may not include printing), the purposes of paratexts (prefaces and other front or end matter, often not written by the text's principal author), the meanings of anonymous publication (and of authored publications which were nevertheless not authorized by their nominal authors), and the complex and nonlinear contours of textual transmission (across transatlantic space and historical time).
This book is at its best when it clings closely to its stated goals but becomes problematic when it excludes current theory and what we know about theatrical and scribal practices.
She artfully added to scribal documents, occasionally to impart personal warmth on a condolence letter as Steven W.
He produced De Laude Scriptorum ("In Praise of Scribes"), in which he laid out the values and virtues of the scribal tradition.
Each writer, whether by editorial urging or personal conviction (or both), attacks or at the very least seriously tweaks Eisenstein's argument that the shift from scribal copying to moveable type printing in the late fifteenth century constituted nothing less than a "communications revolution" (Eisenstein 1:25).
Woudhuysen also points out the importance of the process of provenance investigation and scribal recovery: "it may shed some light on the contexts in which works were originally read and perhaps written.
probable scribal omissions as well as damaged or lost text that is impossible to restore" (9), is confusing.
Ong documents the shift from the largely oral/aural modes of communication, consciousness, and culture associated with scribal culture, and towards an increasingly more dominant visualism.