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Introduction: “no better instrument”: The Chinese Written Character as a Medium

Christopher Bush

in Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195393828
eISBN:
9780199866601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393828.003.0000
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This introduction provides the historical background and critical context for the Western imagination of Chinese writing, specifically the connection between this writing and technological media from ... More


Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Jesse Schotter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In the British Museum, one object attracts more tourists than any other: the Rosetta Stone. The decipherment of the Stone by Jean-François Champollion and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in ... More


Normality and Distinctiveness in the Epigraphy of Greek and Roman Egypt

Jean Bingen

in Hellenistic Egypt: Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748615780
eISBN:
9780748670727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Although most of the evidence for the history of Ptolemaic Egypt comes from texts on papyrus, Egypt has also produced a large number of inscriptions on stone, the type of document that makes up most ... More


Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

Otto F. A. Meinardus

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9789774247576
eISBN:
9781617970986
Item type:
book
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774247576.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Christianity arrived early in Egypt, brought—according to tradition—by Saint Mark the Evangelist, who became the first patriarch of Alexandria. The Coptic Orthodox Church has flourished ever since, ... More


The Trojan War: Myth or Reality?

TREVOR BRYCE

in The Kingdom of the Hittites

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199281329
eISBN:
9780191706752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281329.003.14
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The citadel with which the name Troy is associated lies in the north-west corner of Anatolia in the region called the Troad, so named by Graeco-Roman writers who believed that the whole area was ... More


Palaeography of the Texts of the Burial Chamber of the Tomb of Karakhamun

Miguel Ángel Molinero Polo

Andrea Rodríguez Valls (ed.)

in Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis: New Discoveries and Research 2012-2014

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789774167249
eISBN:
9781617976780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter discusses the palaeography of the religious texts of the burial chamber of the tomb of Karakhamun. About 1,100 hieroglyphs on the walls and 300 hieroglyphs on the astronomical ceiling of ... More


Young’s Musical Optics

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Building on the work of Leonhard Euler, Thomas Young advanced the wave theory of sound and light. This chapter describes how Young found his way to music against the strictures of his Quaker milieu. ... More


Cartooning the marvelous: word and image in Chicago Surrealism

Joanna Pawlik

in Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781784991500
eISBN:
9781526115003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784991500.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art History

The Chicago group of Surrealists has been overlooked in accounts of Surrealism’s legacy in America, which have tended to delimit the movement’s impact to the visual arts alone and neglect ... More


Harun Farocki’s Liberated Consciousness

D. N. Rodowick

in What Philosophy Wants from Images

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226513058
eISBN:
9780226513225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226513225.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The film and video works of Harun Farocki exemplify a critical media practice that pose the questions: What is an Image?, or better, What is a human image? Much of Farocki’s mature work examines in ... More


Introduction: A Hieroglyphic Civilisation

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The introduction traces how, through the comparison to Egyptian hieroglyphs, twentieth-century writers, directors, and theorists incessantly invoked other media as well as other nations as they ... More


Misreading Egypt

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The first chapter of Hieroglyphic Modernisms exposes the complex history of Western misconceptions of Egyptian writing from antiquity to the present. Hieroglyphs bridge the gap between modern ... More


The Hieroglyphics of Character

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines how hybrid conceptions of language and media come to challenge representations of literary character and narrative in the modernist period. Understanding Virginia Woolf as a ... More


Matrices and Metaverses

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The final chapter examines post-War American fiction and the imaginative connection forged, in theory and in fiction, between hieroglyphs and code, computers, and electronic writing. It contends that ... More


Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity

Daniel Stolzenberg

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924144
eISBN:
9780226924151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924151.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

A contemporary of Descartes and Newton, Athanasius Kircher, S. J. was one of Europe's most inventive and versatile scholars in the baroque era, publishing more than thirty works in fields as diverse ... More


The Peculiar Codex Jerusalem 22

in All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226388700
eISBN:
9780226388724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter explores Horus Apollo's Book on the Hieroglyphics. The subject is the symbolic logic behind the Egyptian script. The passage itself introduces the peculiar cultural association between ... More


Symbolic Wisdom in an Age of Criticism

Daniel Stolzenberg

in Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924144
eISBN:
9780226924151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924151.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter first examines Kircher's method of translating hieroglyphs and then turns to his efforts to defend their reliability against philological criticism. In contrast to the many studies of ... More


Pioneers of visual science cultures

Hentschel Klaus

in Visual Cultures in Science and Technology: A Comparative History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198717874
eISBN:
9780191787546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717874.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter considers what it is that makes certain individuals become founders of remarkably visual subdisciplines or fields of science, and whether there is anything that these pioneers of visual ... More


City-Building or Writing?: How Aeneas and Prince Shōtoku Made Rome and Japan

Wiebke Denecke

in Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Comparisons

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199971848
eISBN:
9780199346134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971848.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The indebtedness to China and Greece was inscribed into the profile of symbolic founding figures of the Japanese and Roman state. Some legends make Aeneas ethnically Greek, and Prince Shôtoku was ... More


Speaking as a Process: What Can It Offer Writing?

Peter Elbow

in Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199782505
eISBN:
9780190252861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on virtues associated with speaking and spoken language, and how such virtues can be exploited. More specifically, it examines the process of speaking and discusses four ... More


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