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The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres
Weissenrieder, Annette and Robert B. Coote, editors

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015 pp. xvi + 438. $40.00

Series Information
Biblical Performance Criticism, 11


Description: How did the visual, the oral, and the written interrelate in antiquity? The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative perspectives, the essays advance the frontiers of our understanding of the nature of ancient texts as regards audibility and performance, the vital importance of the visual in the comprehension of texts, and basic concepts of communication, particularly the need to account for disjunctive and non-reciprocal social relations in communication. Thus the contributions show how the investigation of the interface of the oral and written, across the spectrum of seeing, hearing, and writing, generates new concepts of media and mediation.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Greco-Roman Period, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology

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Review by Brandon Walker
Published 7/12/2018
Citation: Brandon Walker, review of Annette Weissenrieder and Robert B. Coote, eds., The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by Jason M. Silverman
Published 3/1/2019
Citation: Jason M. Silverman, review of Annette Weissenrieder and Robert B. Coote, eds., The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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