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Avatars of the word : from papyrus to cyberspace

Author: James J O'Donnell
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard Universtiy Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James J O'Donnell
ISBN: 067400194X 9780674001947 0674055454 9780674055452
OCLC Number: 44911925
Awards: Nominated for Don K. Price Award 2001
Nominated for Dexter Prize 2001
Description: xii, 210 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: James J. O'Donnell.

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