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The World on Paper
The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading

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  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521575584

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  • What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature and ourselves? Drawing on recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, the author offers a bold new perspective on how writing and reading have historically and developmentally altered our understanding of language, mind and nature. These understandings, Olson argues, are by-products of living in a "world on paper."

    • Offers a new perspective on the subject of literacy
    • Draws on a wide range of disciplines for its evidence
    • Accessible and straightforward account of a kind that has been needed for some time
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This carefully crafted book is the result of focused intelligence and a great deal of learning." Anthropological Linguistics

    "The comprehensive bibliography alone makes this book valuable. But the intriguing insights and carefully reasoned arguments make it a pleasure." J. Aber, Choice

    "Researchers and theorists in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and education, as well as others interested in the role of literacy in personal and social change, will find Olson's arguments compelling and easily read." Jon Shapiro and Harold Derksen, Contemporary Psychology

    "His discussion of thinking about the interplay of reader, text, and writer as it has affected the transformation of religion--particularly Christianity from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas to Jerry Falwell--is provocative for those who would understand the ways in which sacred texts have been and continue to be read." Alan C. Purves, Cross Currents

    "...displays an amazing range....Olson pushes the analysis beyond any others, finding printing's effect deep in the West's psyche....Specialists in this area owe a debt to...Olson for providing this kind of stimulation." Jack R. Censer, History of Education Quarterly

    " perspective on the impact of writing on the development of our understanding of language, nature and ourselves....the book contains illustrations; it ties up various approaches to the problem and will certainly encourage further research in this field." Journal of Indo-European Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521575584
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Demythologising literacy
    2. Theories of literacy and mind from Levy-Bruhl to Scribner and Cole
    3. Literacy and the conceptual revolutions of Classical Greece and Renaissance Europe
    4. What writing represents
    5. What writing doesn't represent
    6. The problem of interpretation
    7. A history of reading
    8. Reading the Book of Nature
    9. A history of written discourse
    10. Representing the world in maps, diagrams, formulas, pictures and texts
    11. Representing the mind
    12. The making of the literate mind.

  • Author

    David R. Olson

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