Sunday, July 24, 2022

Rethinking Orality I: Codification, Transcodification and Transmission of 'Cultural Messages'

Edited by: Andrea Ercolani and Laura Lulli
book: Rethinking Orality I

The volume deals with the mechanisms of the oral communication in the ancient Greek culture. Considering the critical debate about orality, the analysis of the communicative system in a predominantly oral-aural ancient society implies a reassessment and a deep reconsideration of the traces which orality embedded in the texts transmitted to us. In particular, the focus is on the 'cultural message', a set of information which is processed and transmitted vertically as well as horizontally by a living being, so to be differently from a genetically encoded information, a culturally defined process. The survey intertwines different approaches: the methodologies of cognitivism, biology, ethology, to analyze the embrional processes of the cultural messages, and the tools of historical and literary analysis, to highlight the development of the cultural messages in the traditional knowledge, their codification, transmission, and evolutions in the dialectics between orality and writing. The reconstructed pattern of the mechanisms of cultural messages in a prevailing oral-aural system cast a light on a shadowy aspect of a sophisticated communication system that has long influenced European culture.

  • Language: English
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2022
  • Audience: Scholars and students of Classical Studies, Greek Language and Literature, Linguistics, Cultural Studies and Media Theory
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 10
    • Main content: 239
  • Illustrations
    • Coloured Illustrations: 11
  • Keywords: Transcodification; Translation Studies; orality; ancient Greece; culture
  • Published: April 4, 2022
  • ISBN: 9783110751987
  • Published: April 18, 2022
  • ISBN: 9783110713954

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Table of Contents
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Introduction. Rethinking Orality: Some Reasons for a Research
Andrea Ercolani and Laura Lulli
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The Sources of Orality: Belief, Opinion, Acceptance
Simone Gozzano
Open Access

Words, Gestures, Brains and Caves. Remarks on the Material Bases of Language
Paolo Pecere
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Epigenetic Cell Memory
Giovanna Simonetti
Open Access

Some Remarks on Orality and the Antinomy between Writing and Speaking in Western Linguistic Thought
Federico Albano Leoni
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Beyond Orality: The Case of Sign Languages
Olga Capirci and Chiara Bonsignori
Open Access

Epic and Ethology: The ‘Saddleback Model’. An Analogical Model for the Study of Archaic Greek Epic
Andrea Ercolani
Open Access

To Speak Like a Bird: Beyond a Literary Topos
Riccardo Palmisciano
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Epos and Paideia between Orality and Writing
Lucio Del Corso
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Muses and Teachers: Poets’ Apprenticeship in the Greek Epic Tradition
Livio Sbardella
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From Oral Theory to Neuroscience: a Dialogue on Communication
Manuela Giordano
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Plato and the Charm of Epideictics in the Menexenus
Mauro Tulli
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Erga Gynaikon: Female Supremacy in the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women
Dino De Sanctis
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Index of Discussed Passages
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Index of Notable Things
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