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Orality and literacy : the technologizing of the word

Author: Walter J Ong
Publisher: London ; New York : Methuen, 1982.
Series: New accents (Methuen & Co.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the blurb: Profound changes in thought processes and in personality and social structures were brought about by the invention of writing and the transformation from one stage of consciousness to another: from primary oral cultures to literate ones. Walter Ong here surveys and interprets the extensive work done during the last few decades, by himself and others, on the differences between orality and literacy.
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Ong, Walter J.
Orality and literacy.
London ; New York : Methuen, 1982
(OCoLC)646938018
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter J Ong
ISBN: 041671370X 9780416713701 0416713807 9780416713800
OCLC Number: 8345642
Description: x, 201 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: General editor's preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: --
1: Orality Of Language: --
Literate mind and the oral past --
Did you say 'oral literature'? --
2: Modern Discovery Of Primary Oral Cultures: --
Early awareness of oral tradition --
Homeric question --
Milman Parry's discovery --
Consequent and related work --
3: Some Psychodynamics Of Orality: --
Sounded word as power and action --
You know what you can recall: mnemonics and formulas --
Further characteristics of orally based thought and expression --
i: Additive rather than subordinative --
ii: Aggregative rather than analytic --
iii: Redundant or 'copious' --
iv: Conservative or traditionalist --
v: Close to the human lifeworld --
vi: Agonistically toned --
vii: Empathetic and participatory rather than objectively distanced --
viii: --
Homeostatic --
ix: Situational rather than abstract --
Oral memorization --
Verbomotor lifestyle --
Noetic role of heroic 'heavy' figures and of the bizarre --
Interiority of sound --
Orality, community and the sacral --
Words are not signs --
4: Writing Restructures Consciousness: --
New world of autonomous discourse --
Plato, writing and computers --
Writing is a technology --
What is 'writing' or 'script'? --
Many scripts but only one alphabet --
Onset of literacy --
From memory to written records --
Some dynamics of textuality --
Distance, precision, grapholects and magnavocabularies --
Interactions: Rhetoric and the places --
Interactions: Learned languages --
Tenaciousness of orality --
5: Print, Space And Closure: --
Hearing-dominance yields to sight-dominance --
Space and meaning --
i: Indexes --
ii: Books, contents and labels --
iii: Meaningful surface --
iv: Typographic space --
More diffuse effects --
Print and closure: intertextuality --
Post-typography: electronics --
6: Oral Memory, The Story Line And Characterization: --
Primacy of the story line --
Narrative and oral cultures --
Oral memory and the story line --
Closure of plot: travelogue to detective story --
Round character, writing and print --
7: Some Theorems: --
Literary history --
New criticism and formalism --
Structuralism --
Textualists and deconstuctionists --
Speech-act and reader-response theory --
Social sciences, philosophy, biblical studies --
Orality, writing and being human --
Media versus human communication --
Inward turn: consciousness and the text --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: New accents (Methuen & Co.)
Responsibility: Walter J. Ong.

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From the blurb: Profound changes in thought processes and in personality and social structures were brought about by the invention of writing and the transformation from one stage of consciousness to another: from primary oral cultures to literate ones. Walter Ong here surveys and interprets the extensive work done during the last few decades, by himself and others, on the differences between orality and literacy.

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