The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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Just as today's embrace of the digital has sparked interest in the history of print culture, so in eighteenth-century Britain the dramatic proliferation of print gave rise to urgent efforts to historicize different media forms and to understand their unique powers. And so it was, Paula McDowell argues, that our modern concepts of oral culture and print culture began to crystallize, and authors and intellectuals drew on older theological notion of oral tradition to forge the modern secular notion of oral tradition that we ...

The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain 2017, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226456966

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