The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

by Paula McDowell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226456966
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paula McDowell is associate professor of English at New York University. She is the author of The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730 and Elinor James: Printed Writings.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1.         Oral Tradition in the History of Mediation
2.         Oral Tradition as A Tale of a Tub: Jonathan Swift's Oratorial Machines
3.         The Contagion of the Oral in A Journal of the Plague Year
4.         Oratory Transactions: John “Orator” Henley and His Critics
5.         How to Speak Well in Public: The Elocution Movement Begins in Earnest
6.         “Fair Rhet’ric” and the Fishwives of Billingsgate
7.         “The Art of Printing Was Fatal”: The Idea of Oral Tradition in Ballad Discourse
8.         Conjecturing Oral Societies: Global to Gaelic
Coda: When Did “Orality” Become a “Culture”?
Notes
Index

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