White Field, Black Seeds — Nordic Literacy Practices in the Long Nineteenth Century

Kuismin, Anna; Driscoll, M.J.
Title: White Field, Black Seeds — Nordic Literacy Practices in the Long Nineteenth Century
Authors: Kuismin, Anna (Editor)
Driscoll, M.J. (Editor)
Product number: 9789522224446
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1390517
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica Litteria 7
Edition: 1. Edition, 2013
Publication year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 216
Product family: History
Studia Fennica Litteraria
Library classification: 93 POHJOISMAIDEN HISTORIA
National Library's descriptors: 1800-luku, lukutaito, kirjoitustaito, kirjoittaminen, kirjallinen kulttuuri, kirjallinen viestintä, itsekasvatus, kansankertojat, kansankirjailijat, muistelmat, päiväkirjat, folkloristiikka, kirjallisuudentutkimus, kansanlingvistiikka, sosiolingvistiikka, lingvistinen antropologia, historia, Pohjoismaat, Suomi, Islanti, Ruotsi
Key words: Linguistic anthropology, Literacy, Scandinavian history, folk linguistics, sociolinguistics
White field, black seeds - who can sow? Although the riddle from which this these words are taken comes from oral tradition, it refers to the ability to write, a skill which in most Nordic countries was not regarded as necessary for everyone. And yet a significant number of ordinary people with no access to formal schooling took up the pen and produced a variety of highly interesting texts: diaries, letters, memoirs, collections of folklore and handwritten newspapers.

This collection presents the work of primarily Nordic scholars from fields such as linguistics, history, literature and folklore studies who share an interest in the production, dissemination and reception of written texts by non-privileged people during the long nineteenth century.