No 18 (2014)

Orality and Literacy

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This issue, guest edited by James Emmott and Tom F. Wright, examines the complex literary and historical relationships between voice, sound, and print cultures in the nineteenth century. The articles gathered here consider the legacy of Walter Ong, political speech and the novel, spoken-word recording and poetry, heredity and the phonograph, popular fiction and radical speech-making, gossip and communal orality, and the fusions of oratory and reading in mid-century campaigning.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Orality and Literacy Abstract HTML PDF
James Emmott, Tom F. Wright
Orality and Literacy in Transatlantic Perspective Abstract HTML PDF
Sandra M. Gustafson
Thomas Edison’s Poetry Machine Abstract HTML PDF
Matthew Rubery
‘His father’s voice’: Phonographs and Heredity in the Fiction of Samuel Butler Abstract HTML PDF
Will Abberley
Spoken Word and Printed Page: G. W. M. Reynolds and ‘The Charing-Cross Revolution’, 1848 Abstract HTML PDF
Mary L. Shannon
‘The screaming streets’: Voice and the Spaces of Gossip in Tales of Mean Streets (1894) and Liza of Lambeth (1897) Abstract HTML PDF
Eliza Cubitt
‘The shouts of vanished crowds’: Literacy, Orality, and Popular Politics in the Campaign to Repeal the Act of Union in Ireland, 1840–48 Abstract HTML PDF
Huston Gilmore

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