The invention of Movable-Type Printing in the work of Shen Kuo (1031-1095)

Authors

  • Luciano Agustín Di Doménico Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3162-7303
  • Federico Daniel Mina Instituto de Humanidades Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0623-9859
  • Gustavo E. Santillán Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3963-4487

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18002/sin.v2i13.7230

Keywords:

Shen Kuo, Mengxi Bitan, Movable-type Printing, Song Dynasty.

Abstract

This article analyses the jotting n° 307 of the book “Brush Talks from Dream Brook”
(Mengxi Bitan), by the scholar Shen Kuo (1031-1095). That jotting presents, by first time in History, the
movable-type printing invention. Our analysis of this jotting relates the exposition made by Shen Kuo
with the social context of its time, as well as with Shen Kuo’s own personal trajectory as scholar-official
of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The performed examination reveals that Shen Kuo highlights
the movable-type printing invention based on its recurrent interest for technical developments; also, it
is concluded that the above-mentioned interest must not be isolated from Shen Kuo´s trajectory within
the Court, and, finally, that book printing was a noteworthy phenomenon in the society of Shen’s times,
for both socioeconomic and political reasons.

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Author Biographies

Luciano Agustín Di Doménico, Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

Federico Daniel Mina, Instituto de Humanidades Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

Instituto de Humanidades
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

Gustavo E. Santillán, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Córdoba Capital, República Argentina

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Published

2022-02-25

How to Cite

Di Doménico, L. A., Mina, F. D., & Santillán, G. E. (2022). The invention of Movable-Type Printing in the work of Shen Kuo (1031-1095). Sinología hispánica. China Studies Review, 13(2), 79–100. https://doi.org/10.18002/sin.v2i13.7230