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The Oral and the Written in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

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Paul Goetsch

This historically oriented study focuses on interactions between the oral and the written in nineteenth century English fiction. It examines orality and literacy events such as storytelling and reading aloud and describes the functions of oral traditions in historical, regional, and other novels. It is chiefly interested in writers’ evaluations of tensions and conflicts between oral and written discourses and cultures.
Contents: Orality and literacy events, reading aloud, sermons, oral storytelling in Hardy, Conrad, and others – Illiterates in English fiction, oral traditions in Scott, Hardy, and others – The transition from orality to literacy.