Orality and Literacy: 30th Anniversary Edition (New Accents)

Orality and Literacy: 30th Anniversary Edition (New Accents)

Walter J. Ong


Walter J. Ong’s vintage paintings offers a desirable perception into the social results of oral, written, revealed and digital applied sciences, and their impression on philosophical, theological, clinical and literary thought.

This 30th anniversary variation – coinciding with Ong’s centenary yr – reproduces his best-known and such a lot influential booklet in complete and brings it brand new with new exploratory essays by way of cultural author and critic John Hartley.

Hartley provides:

  • A scene-setting bankruptcy that situates Ong’s paintings in the ancient and disciplinary context of post-war Americanism and the increase of communique and media studies;
  • A last bankruptcy that follows up Ong’s paintings on orality and literacy on the subject of evolving media varieties, with a dialogue of modern criticisms of Ong’s technique, and an evaluate of his suggestion of the ‘evolution of consciousness’;
  • Extensive references to contemporary scholarship on orality, literacy and the research of data applied sciences, tracing adjustments in how we all know what we know.

These illuminating essays contextualize Ong inside of contemporary highbrow heritage, and show his work’s carrying on with strength within the ongoing examine of the connection among literature and the media, in addition to that of psychology, schooling and sociological thought.

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