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Orality and Literacy

Reflections across Disciplines

edited by Keith Thor Carlson; Kristina Fagan & Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

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cultural, social history, essays
list price: $75.00
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Social Science
published: 2011
  • Winner, Canadian Historical Association Aboriginal History Prize for an Article
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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.

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About the Authors

Keith Thor Carlson

Keith Thor Carlson is Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-Engaged history.
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Kristina Fagan

Kristina Fagan is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan.
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Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

Natalia Khanenko-Friesen is the director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta.
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