MDSA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Spoken Word, Collective Responsibility, Orality

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3 Mar 2016
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Orality refers to the practices of a culture that does not use writing and print. Orality records and documents the way we do with print. How do we communicate when we don"t print anything down. Epics songs and poems, ballads, proverbs, riddles, tales, nursery, rhymes, legends, myths, charms, prayers, chants, songs, dramatic, performance. Mnemonic devices: rhythm, rhyming, balanced patterns, repetition, epithetic and formulary expressions, alliteration, proverbs, land and place and standard thematic settings. (stories, hero, hero goes on quest, in quest must do things) We are so print based, cant understand knowledge, if it isn"t written down, In academic context, we have a major bias. We have people in canada that still have oral traditions. Repition- helps us to remember. (certainly an important part) mnemonic devices. Those who can orally recount knowledge, elders, are highly regarded. (generalization) In print based culture, we care about what is new. Storyteller has to connect to a certain people.

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