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In organizing my files this weekend, I came across a paper I wrote in library school under the influence of exposure to the history of reading. For some reason, the act of reading struck me while rereading Greene’s Heart of the Matter, and I wanted to explore some of the ramifications. The paper exposes, I think, the fact that I was by no means conversant with all (any?) of the literature about orality and literacy, Greene, or indeed literary studies itself. Despite that, I think there are a few interesting ideas here, and it might be of interest to someone.

‘Anyone Can Read Aloud’: Orality and Literacy in The Heart of the Matter (pdf)

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Sam Popowich

Discovery Systems Librarian, University of Alberta

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