Scribbling through History: Graffiti, Places and People from Antiquity to Modernity (Hardback)
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Scribbling through History: Graffiti, Places and People from Antiquity to Modernity (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 25/01/2018
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For most people the mention of graffiti conjures up notions of subversion, defacement, and underground culture. Yet, the term was coined by classical archaeologists excavating Pompeii in the 19th century and has been embraced by modern street culture: graffiti have been left on natural sites and public monuments for tens of thousands of years. They mark a position in time, a relation to space, and a territorial claim. They are also material displays of individual identity and social interaction. As an effective, socially accepted medium of self-definition, ancient graffiti may be compared to the modern use of social networks. This book shows that graffiti, a very ancient practice long hidden behind modern disapproval and street culture, have been integral to literacy and self-expression throughout history. Graffiti bear witness to social events and religious practices that are difficult to track in normative and official discourses. This book addresses graffiti practices, in cultures ranging from ancient China and Egypt through early modern Europe to modern Turkey, in illustrated short essays by specialists. It proposes a holistic approach to graffiti as a cultural practice that plays a key role in crucial aspects of human experience and how they can be understood.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474288811
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Though historical specificities and differences are made clear in the essays, a shared quality does emerge over this collection. Various approaches are tapped to explain this, most compellingly the idea of marginality discussed in Janine Rogers's "Graffiti and the Medieval Margin". * Times Literary Supplement *
These fascinating local studies demonstrate the importance of graffiti as an archival resource and as a topic of rising conceptual significance. * Juliet Fleming, Professor of English, NYU, USA *

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