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Corre manuscrito. Una historia cultural del…

Corre manuscrito. Una historia cultural del Siglo de Oro (Spanish Edition)

by Fernando Bouza

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This work looks at the production and circulation of manuscripts in early modern Spain and Portugal in the sixteenth and centuries, and argues that manuscripts and print works circulated in tandem during this period. They were two different types of works, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, and they were marshaled to different ends. “Writing ad vivum,” he writes, “was an efficient compliment, or even a competitor of the press, offering an agile system of copies and transfer.” (16) While Bouza notes that there had been an explosion in the interest of the circulation of manuscripts in the early modern period in the historiography published in the 90s, he argues that there still has been little attention paid to the circulation of manuscripts in Golden Age Spain, especially in comparison to the printed works of the same time. He maintains that the circulation of manuscripts gives insight into cultural history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and connects everyone from illiterate audiences to the official rhetoric of the ruling class, and documents as diverse as official proclamations to, questionnaires in archives, to the cartas de tocar, which were not meant to be read at all, and other disparate works that all ran in manuscript. It is a fascinating book that takes into account the cultural, the political, and the religious, all in one previously neglected mode of communication.
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