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Writing With The Grain: A Multitextual Analysis Of Kaidan Botandoro, William D. Wood Jan 2011

Writing With The Grain: A Multitextual Analysis Of Kaidan Botandoro, William D. Wood

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

As a text Botandōrō demonstrates bibliographic codes that straddle the border between modern and pre-modern literature. Wakabayashi would present his work as the fruit of his technique of ‘photographing language’ that, by extension, would provide closer and more direct access to the interiority of “author.” In his prologue he presented his shorthand method as a technique that would come to represent the new standard of modern writing. As they created a new system for transcribing language, stenographers were wrestling with the philosophical nature and limitations of language in spoken and written form, and their discoveries and accomplishments would provide a ...