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Historia y grafía

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MORALES, Martín M.. The parable of the bibliotheca. Hist. graf [online]. 2012, n.38, pp.59-93. ISSN 1405-0927.

The Jesuit bibliotheca (library-archive) became a place in which printed materials and manuscripts coexisted. This place witnesses not only the transition from an oral culture to a printing culture, but also the transformation of writing intended above all for the annotation and conservation of contents to writing in a book-form which tends to substitute the memory. The bibliotheca can be seen as a parable capable of highlighting the Society of Jesus' impact in the early modern period. The bibliotheca operates as a versatile facility which endeavours to discipline a relationship with the body of knowledge (saviors). Taking the library-archive's storage rooms and physical space into account, it is possible to postulate a writing beyond writing itself.

Keywords : Jesuits; modern era; library; archive.

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