Sign and Design: Script as Image in Cross-Cultural Perspective (300–1600 CE)
edited by Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak and Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Harvard University Press
Cloth: 978-0-88402-407-1
Library of Congress Classification NX650.W75S54 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 411


From antiquity to the modern age, legal, documentary, exegetical, literary, and linguistic traditions have viewed the relationship between image and letter in diverse ways. There is a long history of scholarship examining this relationship, probing the manner and meaning of its dynamics in terms of equivalency, complementarity, and polarity.

This volume addresses the pictorial dimension of writing systems from cross-cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. Historians—including specialists in art and literature—paleographers, and anthropologists consider imagistic scripts of the ancient and medieval Near East, Europe, Byzantium, and Latin America, and within Jewish, polytheistic, Christian, and Muslim cultures. They engage with pictographic, ideographic, and logographic writing systems, as well as with alphabetic scripts, examining diverse examples of cross-pollination between language and art.

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