Introduction to Manuscript Technology

Dennis Baron, "Pencils and Pixels" in Writing Material
1)  When writing was a mystery practiced by priests, what kinds of texts did it record and what effect might that have had on its legibility for the masses?

2)  What guarantees the authority of speech?  "You will get an A in 341."
        What guarantees the authority of a similar message in writing?

3)  When do the English start making pencils in significant quantities and why might that have happened?  

4)  Where did English graphite come from after 1829?


Namoi Baron, "Art and Science of Handwriting" in Writing Material

1)  Why would C17-20 children study handwriting?  What could they do with it as adults?

2)  What was handwriting thought to reveal about the writer?  How might that have been possible?

3)  What was the difference between Spenser's andPalmer's methods of teaching handwriting?  What did the rise of Palmer's method (and the later Zaner-Bloser simplification of Palmer) mean about handwriting's cultural function?

Manuscripts and Print

MS sewing guards in a 1640 Psalter:

Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend in manuscript and in print--find at least one significant manuscript change that affects the meaning of the text in print.

John Keats, "Ode to Psyche" in manuscript and in print--find at least one significant manuscript change that affects the meaning of the text in print.

Zaner-Bloser Cursive Handwriting Practice

1)  Practice making the alphabet, capital and small letters, at least twice.  Pay careful attention to where each letter starts and stops.  Then,

2)  Write your name in Z-B cursive script.