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Term 1 Week 9: Orality and Cheap Print

This week focuses on the continuing importance of oral forms of communications (speaking, singing, performing, reading out loud etc.) and considers also how these interacted with the cheapest printed items and their dissemination.

Seminar Questions

  • What kinds of texts were printed cheaply and how did they circulate in different ways to more expensive books?
  • What was the role of street performers in disseminating print?
  • To what degree did printed texts reach beyond the fully literate part of the population?

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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