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Between OT and IT

A visit with John Miles Foley, Professor, Departments of Classical Studies and English

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: English teaching Homer french literature

Connecting Oral Traditions and Written Traditions

Topics: literature written traditions

Since about 1975, field reports have revealed the tremendous size and diversity of oral tradition as a cultural phenomenon. In fact, Foley notes, “written literature is dwarfed by oral traditions.” Despite our “ideological fixation on texts and print, the communications technology we call oral tradition” has been with us for most of homo sapiens’ existence, whereas writing was introduced only relatively recently.