Oral Memory, Storyline and Characterization _ Walter Ong

The shift from orality to literacy registers in many genres of verbal art. Of these, the genre most studied in terms of the orality-literacy shift has been narrative. It will be of use here to consider some of the work done on narrative to suggest some newer insights offered by orality-literacy studies. Continue reading “Oral Memory, Storyline and Characterization _ Walter Ong”

Symmetry/Assymetry_ The Connectivity Principle

The most basic function of symbols is at one and the same time connectivity and differentiation. This difference is especially noticeable in the special way in which figurative paintings connect and differentiate the objects they symbolize, in contrast to the way in which all other types of symbols do this.  Continue reading “Symmetry/Assymetry_ The Connectivity Principle”