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Mass Literacy and Scholarly Expertise

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1. Title Title of document Mass Literacy and Scholarly Expertise - How and Why Books Matter
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious texts; manipulation of books; presentation of books; performance of books; social value of books; books in society;books and hte media; scriptures; iconic texts; literacy
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Texts; Cultural Studies
6. Description Abstract The spread of literacy did not displace the social prestige of scribal expertise that was established in antiquity. The every-growing number and complexity of texts account for the continuing cultural authority of scholarly expertise. The tension between expert and non-specialist uses of texts, however, also reinforced scholars’ avoidance of the subject of iconic books and texts while drawing constant attention to semantic interpretation instead. Scholarly ignorance about iconic texts allows us to insist that a text’s real meaning lies in its semantic interpretation alone, which we are the experts at elucidating. But many of our texts mediate power and legitimacy in ways that semantic interpretation alone cannot understand, much less control.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35890
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; How and Why Books Matter
16. Language English=en en
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