Orality-Literacy Theory and the Victorian Sermon

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In this study, I expand the scope of the scholarship that Walter Ong and others have done in orality-literacy relations to examine the often uneasy juxtaposition of the oral and written traditions in the literature of the Victorian pulpit. I begin by examining the intersections of the oral and written traditions found in both the theory and the practice of Victorian preaching. I discuss the prominent place of the sermon within both the print and oral cultures of Victorian Britain; argue that the sermon's status as both oration and essay places it in the genre of "oral literature"; and analyze ... continued below

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Ellison, Robert H. (Robert Howard) May 1995.

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In this study, I expand the scope of the scholarship that Walter Ong and others have done in orality-literacy relations to examine the often uneasy juxtaposition of the oral and written traditions in the literature of the Victorian pulpit. I begin by examining the intersections of the oral and written traditions found in both the theory and the practice of Victorian preaching. I discuss the prominent place of the sermon within both the print and oral cultures of Victorian Britain; argue that the sermon's status as both oration and essay places it in the genre of "oral literature"; and analyze the debate over the extent to which writing should be employed in the preparation and delivery of sermons.

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Ellison, Robert H. (Robert Howard). Orality-Literacy Theory and the Victorian Sermon, dissertation, May 1995; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279297/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .