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The alphabet versus the goddess : the conflict between word and image

Author: Leonard Shlain
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author "proposes that alphabetic literacy--the process of reading itself--fundamentally rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture, history, and religion. ... Shlain argues that, with the advent of literacy, the very act of reading an alphabet reinforced the brain's left hemisphere--linear, abstract, predominantly masculine--at the expense of the right--holistic, concrete, visual, feminine.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shlain, Leonard.
Alphabet versus the goddess.
New York : Viking, 1998
(OCoLC)607065174
Online version:
Shlain, Leonard.
Alphabet versus the goddess.
New York : Viking, 1998
(OCoLC)608145378
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Shlain
ISBN: 0670878839 9780670878833
OCLC Number: 39093593
Description: xiv, 464 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Image/Word --
2. Hunters/Gatherers --
3. Right Brain/Left Brain --
4. Males: Death/Females: Life --
5. Nonverbal/Verbal --
6. Cuneiform/Marduk --
7. Hieroglyphs/Isis --
8. Aleph/Bet --
9. Hebrews/Israelites --
10. Abraham/Moses --
11. Thera/Matzah --
12. Adam/Eve --
13. Cadmus/Alpha --
14. Sappho/Ganymede --
15. Dionysus/Apollo --
16. Athens/Sparta --
17. Lingam/Yoni --
18. Birth/Death --
19. Yin/Yang --
20. Taoism/Confucianism --
21. B.C./A.D. --
22. Jesus/Christ --
23. Death/Rebirth --
24. Patriarchs/Heretics --
25. Reason/Madness --
26. Illiteracy/Celibacy, 500-1000 --
27. Muslin Veils/Muslim Words --
28. Mystic/Scholastic, 1000-1300 --
29. Humanist/Egoist, 1300-1500 --
30. Protestant/Catholic --
31. Faith/Hate --
32. Sorcery/Science --
33. Positive/Negative, 1648-1899 --
34. ID/Superego, 1900-1945 --
35. Page/Screen, 1945-2000.
Responsibility: Leonard Shlain.

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The author "proposes that alphabetic literacy--the process of reading itself--fundamentally rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture, history, and religion. ... Shlain argues that, with the advent of literacy, the very act of reading an alphabet reinforced the brain's left hemisphere--linear, abstract, predominantly masculine--at the expense of the right--holistic, concrete, visual, feminine. ... [This book] tracks the correlations between the rise and fall of literacy and the changing status of women in society, mythology, and religions throughout European history, and in other cultures as well."--Jacket.

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