Orality and literacy : reflections across disciplines / edited by Keith Thor Carlson, Kristina Fagan, and Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
- Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE QUESTIONING TRUTHS -- 1.Boasting, Toasting, and Truthtelling / J. Edward Chamberlin -- 2.Orality about Literacy: The `Black and White' of Salish History / Keith Thor Carlson -- pt. TWO WRITING IT DOWN -- 3.The Philosopher's Art: Ring Composition and Classification in Plato's Sophist and Hipparchus / Twyla Gibson -- 4.The Social Lives of Sedna and Sky Woman: Print Textualization from Inuit and Mohawk Oral Traditions / Susan Gingell -- pt. THREE GOING PUBLIC -- 5.`Private Stories' in Aboriginal Literature / Kristina Fagan -- 6.From Family Lore to a People's History: Ukrainian Claims to the Canadian Prairies / Natalia Khanenko-Friesen -- pt. FOUR SUBVERTING AUTHORITY -- 7.Literacy, Orality, Authority, and Hypocrisy in the Laozi / Gary Arbuckle -- 8.Unstable Texts and Modal Approaches to the Written Word in Medieval European Ritual Magic / Frank Klaassen -- pt. FIVE UNCOVERING VOICES -- 9.A Tagalog Awit of the `Holy War' against the United States, 1899-1902 / Reynaldo C. Ileto -- 10.Telling the Untold: Representations of Ethnic and Regional Identities in Ukrainian Women's Autobiographies / Oksana Kis.
- Orality and Literacy investigates the interactions of the oral and the literate through close studies of particular cultures at specific historical moments. Rejecting the `great-divide' theory of orality and literacy as separate and opposite to one another, the contributors posit that whatever meanings the two concepts have are products of their ever-changing relationships to one another. --
Through topics as diverse as Aboriginal Canadian societies, Ukrainian-Canadian narratives, and communities in ancient Greece, medieval Europe, and twentieth-century Asia, these cross-disciplinary essays reveal the powerful ways in which cultural assumptions, such as those about truth, disclosure, performance, privacy, and ethics, can affect a society's uses of and approaches to both the written and the oral. The fresh perspectives in Orality and Literacy reinvigorate the subject, illuminating complex interrelationships rather than relying on universal generalizations about how literacy and orality function. --Book Jacket.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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