Esteemed archaeologist Denise Schmandt-Besserat and I co-wrote the first chapter, on the history of writing, for a comprehensive volume on writing as social practice, literacy, and technology, which was edited by Charles Bazerman. It’s titled Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text.
Writing is a huge topic, which is why most single-author treatments of it, though very good, will be limited to a portion of what could be said and what is known. This volume appears to erase that problem: there are a bunch of are limitedIt’s more of a reference work, but it’s the most comprehensive thing I’ve ever seen. The majority of