Walter Ong studied how human life and consciousness changed substantially with the move from oral to written cultures. He worked at a crossroads of communication theory, history and literature. Ong also wrote a lot about the history of education (including material on the early moves from classical to modern classroom methods). He argues that weContinue reading “utterances can somehow touch mysterious depths which analysis can never quite fathom”
No, it’ll not do just to read the old tales out of a book. You’ve got to tell ’em to make ’em go right. Tom Hunt quoted in Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase.
I’m honored to have had this post revised and published at the Front Porch Republic: Building Folklore Wealth. And the editor at FPR chose this wonderful painting to accompany it: “Fairy Tale Kings” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1909).