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Hilary A. Smith

, treating the older texts as if they were all present and all part of an ongoing conversation. She creates, as they did, a palimpsest. The strategy works well, allowing the reader to appreciate the content of the earlier sources while remaining grounded in the social world of late imperial China

Rudi Matthee

or prototypes on the basis of new information gathered during new voyages. One sees a gradual, long-term, progression, to be sure, but the picture is more that of a palimpsest than a steadily improving model. No single prototype served as the original map, which, if it ever existed, has not survived

Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler

reconfigured along new inner-urban lines of separation. Ottoman urban boundaries were superimposed by other historical layers: post-Ottoman cities of today are not only post-Ottoman, but may also be post-colonial, post-Cold War, post-socialist or post-Yugoslav. This palimpsest-like nature of cities further

Mark Gamsa

: A Linguistic and Encyclopedic Dictionary), 2nd ed. (Moscow: Astrelʹ, 2004): 253. 15 For such use in literature, see the novel Pered zerkalom (Facing the Mirror, 1965-70) by Veniamin Kaverin (1902-89), collected in his Purpurnyi palimpsest (The Crimson Palimpsest) (Moscow: Agraf, 1997): 243

Local Pasts

Space, Emotions and Identities in Vernacular Histories of Princely Rampur

Razak Khan

Sociology 54/6 (November 2006): 930. 118 F. Davis, Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia (New York: Free Press, 1979): 5. 119 Ibid.: 14. 120 S. Boyrn, The Future of Nostalgia (New York: Basic Books, 2001); A. Huyssen, Present Past: Urban Palimpsest and the Politics of Memory

K.R. Veenhof

papyrus, parchment or wood are irretrievably lost. The use of clay tablets, cheap, fairly durable when baked or sun-dried, and 122 not usable as palimpsests, has secured the survival of a staggering mass of written material. In a country without stones, as Mesopotamia is, even hoards of old tablets

Christian de Pee

one that the geography of extant texts— the detailed gardens, the prominent landscape beyond the gates, the broad avenues and famous buildings in between—is a palimpsest created as much by the conventions of writing as by the practices of transmission. In the soil of Luoyang, hidden underneath the