Summary of The Palimpsest (London: Bloomsbury: 2007) Drawing together diverse literary, critical and theoretical texts in which the palimpsest has appeared since its inauguration by Thomas De Quincey in 1845, The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory provides the first ever genealogy of this metaphor.Sarah Dillon’s original theorisation argues that the palimpsest has an involuted.
An illuminating look at the origins and impact of writing. In this richly detailed cultural history, Battles (The Sovereignties of Invention, 2012, etc.), associate director of the research group metaLAB at Harvard, traces the evolution of writing from cuneiform in the fourth millennium B.C. to digital communications.Emerging as an accounting system in Mesopotamia, writing became evidence of.