White Field, black seeds
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White Field, black seeds

By Anna Kuismin (editor)
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Book Description

White field, black seeds—who can sow? Although the riddle from which this these words are taken comes from oral tradition, it refers to the ability to write, a skill which in most Nordic countries was not regarded as necessary for everyone. And yet a significant number of ordinary people with no access to formal schooling took up the pen and produced a variety of highly interesting texts: diaries, letters, memoirs, collections of folklore and handwritten newspapers.

This collection presents the work of primarily Nordic scholars from fields such as linguistics, history, literature and folklore studies who share an interest in the production, dissemination and reception of written texts by non-privileged people during the long nineteenth century.

Table of Contents
  • White Field, Black Seeds
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • A New History from Below?
  • Recollections of Reading and Writing
  • Scribal Communities in Iceland
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Living by the Book
  • Monologic, Dialogic, Collective
  • A Country Maid and her Diary
  • From Family Inscriptions to Autobiographical Novels
  • Odd Man Out?
  • Material without Value?
  • Self-Taught Collectors of Folklore and their Challenge to Archival Authority
  • Finnish Revivalist Movements and the Development of Literary Finnish
  • Language from Below?
  • Bibliography
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