On Literacy: The Politics of the Word from Homer to the Age of Rock

On Literacy: The Politics of the Word from Homer to the Age of Rock

by Robert Pattison


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ISBN-13: 9780195031379
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/28/1982
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Blithering Agamemnon: The Borders of Literacy3
Literacy and Consciousness4
The Wild Boy and Gracie Allen10
Agamemnon and the Physical Basis of Literacy15
Literacy and Language21
Chapter 2Chief Cobb vs. Themistocles: The Technologies of Rhetoric, Reading, and Writing29
Reading and Writing32
Athens: Writing as a Cultural Force40
Sparta and Fear of Writing56
Chapter 3Word against Empire: Literacy and Power61
Rome: Universal Language and World Domination62
The Revolutionary Literacy of the Church69
Formal and Vernacular Literacy in the Middle Ages75
Literacy as Battleground: Then and Now83
Chapter 4When Media Collide: Literacy and the Advent of Print86
Media Use Is Organic88
"Get It in Writing!": Medieval Written Culture90
The Word, the Press, and the Reformation: John Wycliffe98
The Text, the Press, and Orthodoxy: John Donne104
The Word and Revolution: John Bunyan107
The Miltonic Compromise: Old Made New109
Print and Television114
Chapter 5Iran to Ann Landers: Fallacies about Literacy and Development118
Skill in Reading and Writing Does Not a Mighty Nation Make119
The Iranian Example124
The Psychological Burden of Illiteracy129
The Prisoner Phenomenon134
Chapter 6Hopefully into the Future: John Locke and Correct Usage138
Standard Usage and the Rise of Capitalism139
The Liberal Fallacy: Truth, Progress, and Literacy147
The Cult of Correct Usage155
Some Thoughts on Teaching English165
Chapter 7Caliban in America: Literacy in the Age of Rock170
Mechanical Literacy171
Followers and Leaders: Two Literacies178
Training the Literate Elite181
Illiterate Backlash187
Orthodox American Literacy190
The New Literacy200
Chapter 8Conclusion208

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