Thomas S. Mullaney: The Chinese Typewriter
Thomas S. Mullaney presented his ongoing work on the Chinese typewriter as a participant of the Zukunftsphilologie Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective” that was organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Foundation 2015 in Capetown.
New technologies of communication such as cables, the telegraph or the typewriter changed the ways people were writing. They stirred up debates and polemics on cultural deficiency, reform in all societies that used different script systems, and led to processes of accommodating them to the latinate forms on which these new technologies were based on. Now Tom Mullaney’s book The Chinese Typewriter will be out soon with MIT Press. Congratulations!