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

Author: Leonard Shlain
Publisher: New York : Viking/ Penguin, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Literacy has promoted the subjugation of women by men throughout all but the very recent history of the West," writes Leonard Shlain. "Misogyny and patriarchy rise and fall with the fortunes of the alphabetic written word." That's a pretty audacious claim, one that The Alphabet Versus the Goddess provides extensive historical and cultural correlations to support. Shlain's thesis takes readers from the evolutionary  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 0140196013 9780140196016
OCLC Number: 39093593
Description: xiv, 464, 12 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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Demonstrates how alphabetic literacy caused the development of the brain's left half over the right, which affected the role and power of women.  Read more...

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