Orality and Literacy The Technologizing of the Word

ISBN-10: 0415281296

ISBN-13: 9780415281294

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Walter J. Ong

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This work explores the vast differences between oral and literate cultures, offering an account of the intellectual, literary and social effects of writing, print and electronic technology.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

General Editor's Preface
The Orality of Language: The literate mind and the oral past
Did you say 'oral literature'?
The modern discovery of primary oral cultures: Early awareness of oral tradition
The Homeric question
Milman Parry's discovery
Consequent and related work
Some psychodynamics of orality: Sounded word as power and action
You know what you can recall: mneumonics and formulas
Further characteristics of orally based thought and expression
Addictive rather than subordinative
Aggregative rather than analytic
Redundant or 'copious'
Conservative or traditionalist
Close to the human lifeworld
Agonistically toned
Empathetic and participatory rather then objectively distanced
Situational rather than abstract
Oral memorization
Verbomotor lifestyle
The noetic role of heroic 'heavy' figures and of the bizarre
The interiority of sound
Orality, community and the sacral
Words are not signs
Writing restructures consciousness: The new world of autonomous discourse
Plato, writing and computers
Writing is a technology
What is 'writing' or 'script'?
Many scripts but only one alphabet
The onset of literacy
From memory to written records
Some dynamics of textuality
Distance, precision, grapholects and magnavocabularies
Interactions: rhetorics and the places
Interactions: learned languages
Tenaciousness of orlaity
Print, space and closure: Hearing-dominance yeilds o sight-dominance
Space and meaning
Books, contents and labels
Meaningful surface
Typographic space
More diffuse effects
Print and closure: intertexuality
Post-typography: electronics
Oral memory, the story line and characterisation: The primacy of the story line
Narrative and oral cultures
Oral memory and the story line
Closure of plot: travelogue to detective story
The 'round' character, writing and print
Some theorems: Literary history
New Criticism and Formalism
Textualists and deconstructionists
Speech-act and reader-response theory
Social Sciences, philosophy, biblical studies
Orality, wriitng and being human
'Media' versus human communication
The inward turn: consciousness and the text
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