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The Letter and the Cosmos : How the Alphabet Has Shaped the Western View of the World

Author: Laurence de Looze
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2018] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From our first ABCs to the Book of Revelation's statement that Jesus is "the Alpha and Omega," we see the world through our letters. More than just a way of writing, the alphabet is a powerful concept that has shaped Western civilization and our daily lives. In The Letter and the Cosmos, Laurence de Looze probes that influence, showing how the alphabet has served as a lens through which we conceptualize the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence de Looze
ISBN: 1442624116 9781442624115
OCLC Number: 1204459029
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (285 p.)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Abbreviations --
Illustrations --
1.Introduction --
2. Ancient Greek Letters --
3. Latin Letters And The Enduring Influence Of Roman Scripts --
4. Christian Letters: The Middle Ages --
5. The Letters Of Humanism --
6. Baroque Variations And The Search For A Universal Language --
7. Logical Letters: The Alphabet In The Age Of Reason --
8. The Alphabets Of The Industrialized World --
9. From Modern Experiments To Post-Modern Experiences --
10. Into The New Millennium --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Illustration Credits (All Images Used With Permission) --
Index
Responsibility: Laurence de Looze.

Abstract:

From our first ABCs to the Book of Revelation's statement that Jesus is "the Alpha and Omega," we see the world through our letters. More than just a way of writing, the alphabet is a powerful concept that has shaped Western civilization and our daily lives. In The Letter and the Cosmos, Laurence de Looze probes that influence, showing how the alphabet has served as a lens through which we conceptualize the world and how the world, and sometimes the whole cosmos, has been perceived as a kind of alphabet itself. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, he traces the use of alphabetic letters and their significance from Plato to postmodernism, offering a fascinating tour through Western history.A sharp and entertaining examination of how languages, letterforms, orthography, and writing tools have reflected our hidden obsession with the alphabet, The Letter and the Cosmos is illustrated with copious examples of the visual and linguistic phenomena which de Looze describes. Read it, and you'll never look at the alphabet the same way again.

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