BOOK NOTES his interest in "the external and material aspect of written production, rather than the quality of writing, to the "modes of arrangement and layout of the text," the "techniques employed in the execution," "the number of people involved in the making of the testimonial," and the exterior aspect of the writing. The sixteen chapters that divide the book precede a well-informed "Notes" section and "Index," while mapping the history ofvarious forms ofwriting on funerary monuments. The excursus begins by separating the Egyptian tradition from the early Greek tradition. Next, the treatment ofthe tomb ofthe Scipios focuses the discussion on Roman culture. Following a history of Christian customs, a section on the Middle Ages describes the influence ofthe merchants and their typical way of keeping accounts ofthings. The tomb ofJohn XXIII, the anti-pope, in the Baptistery of Florence, is regarded by Petrucci as a standard for the Florentine manner of writing the dead. Differences between Italy and the Franco-Germanic area are noted as the writing began evolving into a "literary product" (85) in sixteenth-century Europe. The innovations ofthe Baroque precede the section on Anglo-American traditions as they were constituted by the influx ofpilgrims in the New World.
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 3, 1999
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