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Avatars of the Word From Papyrus to Cyberspace

ISBN-10: 067400194X
ISBN-13: 9780674001947
Edition: 1998
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Description: In Avatars of the Word, O'Donnell reinterprets today's communication revolution through a series of refracted comparisons with earlier revolutionary periods: from the papyrus scroll to the codex and from copied manuscript to print.

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In Avatars of the Word, O'Donnell reinterprets today's communication revolution through a series of refracted comparisons with earlier revolutionary periods: from the papyrus scroll to the codex and from copied manuscript to print.

James J. O'Donnell is a distinguished classicist and has published widely on the history and culture of the late antiquities. A longtime professor of classics at the University of Pennsylvania, he has been provost of Georgetown University since 2002, is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and served as president of the American Philological Association. He is a graduate of Princeton and received his Ph.D. from Yale. He hails from New Mexico and travels the world in search of traces of the ancient past--and fine dark chocolate.

Preface
Introduction: The Scholar in His Study
Phaedrus: Hearing Socrates, Reading Plato
From the Alexandrian Library to the Virtual Library and Beyond
Hyperlink: The Instability of the Text
From the Codex Page to the Homepage
Hyperlink: The Shrine of Nonlinear Reading
The Persistence of the Old and the Pragmatics of the New
Hyperlink: Who Owns That Idea?
The Ancients and the Moderns: The Classics and Western Civilizations
Augustine Today: Linear Narratives and Multiple Pathways
The New Liberal Arts: Teaching in the Postmodern World
Hyperlink: How Does Teaching Work?
What Becomes of Universities? (For Professors Only)
Cassiodorus: Or, the Life of the Mind in Cyberspace
Bibliographic Notes
Index

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