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Julia Crick and Alexandra M. Walsham, eds. The Uses of Script and Print, 1300-1700.
Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xiv + 298 pp. index. illus. $70. ISBN: 0-521-81063-9.
In his classic essay, "Speech-Manuscript-Print," D.F. McKenzie encouraged his fellow early modernists to see the three primary modes of communication linked by hyphens in his title as "complementary" rather than competitive (The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin 20 , 88). McKenzie was responding, first, to linear narratives of an absolute shift from orality to literacy and from script to print (in which the modes were linked by one-way arrows rather than hyphens), reminding us that oral and scribal practices not only survived the advent of printing but continued to be seen as superior for certain purposes. And against the assumption that each mode was utterly distinct from the others (separated by slashes, say, or by blank space), …