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The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mar 04, 08

bookshelves: culturecriticism, litcrit

Have read portions of this collection of essays. I primarily recommend the article (whose name I can't remember) on orality, literacy, and "getting in synch"-- not quite academic caliber, but a very good job of introducing the "lay" reader to some cool thoughts and observations relating to my own field. I usually have my reading and composition students read that essay at the beginning of the semester to get them thinking about the original milieu for the texts we read, during a time of "transitional literacy" (something Walter Ong originally denied but later admitted there was evidence for-- a lot of LeGuin's material in this essay comes from Ong).

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