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Ritualizing the Size of Books

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1. Title Title of document Ritualizing the Size of Books - Miniature Books
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James W. Watts; Syracuse University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) miniature book; religious book; religious text; small book; history of books; sacred text
5. Subject Subject classification Religious texts; books
6. Description Abstract 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.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Sep-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.37760
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Miniature Books
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd