Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts - Kristina Myrvold

Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts - Kristina Myrvold

Ritualizing the Size of Books

Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts - Kristina Myrvold

James W. Watts [+-]
Syracuse University
James W. Watts is Professor of Religion at Syracuse University and the author of Ritual and Rhetoric in Leviticus: From Sacrifice to Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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Rhetoric about books usually emphasizes their semantic contents. Larger-than-average and smaller-than-average books, however, draw our attention to their material form. Size therefore provides one means for ritualizing the iconic dimension of books. While enlarging books quickly exceeds any practical purpose for the sake of public display, shrinking books tends to carry with it pragmatic rhetoric about portability, low expense, and mass production. Yet the popularity of textual amulets across history and cultures suggests that private ritualization drives much of the market for miniatures.

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Watts, James W. . Ritualizing the Size of Books. Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 12-21 Sep 2019. ISBN 9781781798614. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37760. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37760. Sep 2019

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