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The Uses of Pragmatic Literacy in the Medieval Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (from the State Foundation to the End of the Sixteenth Century)

The Uses of Pragmatic Literacy in the Medieval Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (from the State Foundation to the End of the Sixteenth Century) 

By Goina Mariana

PhD Dissertation, Central European University, (2009)

Abstract: The term literacy involves, but it is by no means limited to, the ability to read and/or write. Following Simon Franklin, I start from the distinction between technical and cultural literacy. In my approach, I am less concerned with the former (“concerning some level of ability in reading and/or writing”) as with the latter, which “implies some level of familiarity with, and mastery of, cultural activities in which reading and writing are used.”

My work concentrates on the appearance and dissemination of written documents, tracing what Michael Clanchy calls “the growth of the literate mentality.” I understand this literate mentality as the societal impact of the cultural literacy, broadly defined as “the sum of social and cultural phenomena associated with the uses of writing.”

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