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The Book and the Voice

in The Monk and the Book

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226899008
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226899022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226899022.003.0007
The Book and the Voice

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Throughout his works, Jerome makes constant reference to his reliance on stenographers to take dictation as he composes. In a few texts he reports that his assistants also read to him. These modes of literacy have complex associations within Jerome's own texts. In the context of his broader social milieu, they mark his mode of literary production as elite, even aristocratic. His command of skilled assistants implied that he had the resources to pay them, or at least to support them. His emphasis on their presence drew attention to the similarities between the way he wrote and the habits that elite authors had developed over centuries.

Keywords: Saint Jerome; stenographers; dictation; literary production; literacy; elite authors

Chapter.  14380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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