Orality and Literacy

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Routledge, 16. des. 2003 - 216 sider
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This classic work explores the vast differences between oral and literate cultures offering a very clear account of the intellectual, literary and social effects of writing, print and electronic technology.

In the course of his study, Walter J. Ong offers fascinating insights into oral genres across the globe and through time, and examines the rise of abstract philosophical and scientific thinking. He considers the impact of orality-literacy studies not only on literary criticism and theory but on our very understanding of what it is to be a human being, conscious of self and other.

This is a book no reader, writer or speaker should be without.

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1
Introduction
2
1 The orality of language
5
2 The modern discovery of primary oral cultures
17
3 Some psychodynamics of orality
31
4 Writing restructures consciousness
76
5 Print space and closure
115
6 Oral memory the story line and characterization
136
7 Some theorems
153
BIBLIOGRAPHY
177
INDEX
193
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Om forfatteren (2003)

Walter J. Ong is University Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University, USA, where he was previously Professor of English and Professor of Humanities in Psychiatry. His many publications have been highly influential for studies in the evolution of the consciousness.

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