Orality and Literacy / Edition 2

Orality and Literacy / Edition 2

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by Walter J. Ong, J. Ong Walter
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415281294
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/02/2002
Series:
New Accents Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The orality of language5
2The modern discovery of primary oral cultures16
3Some psychodynamics of orality31
4Writing restructures consciousness77
5Print, space and closure115
6Oral memory, the story line and characterization136
7Some theorems153
Bibliography177
Index194

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