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In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon

 
 
 
 
In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon
Author: Ivan Illich
ISBN 13: 9780226372365
ISBN 10: 226372367
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1996-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 162
List Price: $23.00
 
 

In a work with profound implications for the electronic age, Ivan Illich explores how revolutions in technology affect the way we read and understand text.

Examining the Didascalicon of Hugh of St. Victor, Illich celebrates the culture of the book from the twelfth century to the present. Hugh's work, at once an encyclopedia and guide to the art of reading, reveals a twelfth-century revolution as sweeping as that brought about by the invention of the printing press and equal in magnitude only to the changes of the computer age—the transition from reading as a vocal activity done in the monastery to reading as a predominantly silent activity performed by and for individuals.