Saturday, June 10, 2006

Ong Orality-Literacy Contrasts Bibliographies

As I mentioned a few days ago, I've compiled both a long and short bibliography of Ong's publications on oral-written-print-electronic contrasts. In addition to the two versions, there's an introduction which offers some important qualifications. As the introduction explains, while extensive, the long bibliography is not comprehensive, and while highly selective, the short bibliography is not intended to be taken as a "best of" or "must read" list. My bibliographies are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

And speaking of Ong bibliographies, I heard a few days ago that Thomas Walsh's definitive Walter J. Ong Bibliography (put together using Ong's own files) is in the process of being put online. The bibliography, which contains has something like 430 entries (each entry includes full reprinting history for a total of some 1,200 items), has been marked up in XML for flexible searching. I'm not sure when it will go public, but I'll let you all know.

Cross posted to Notes From the Walter J. Ong Archive.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Ong Bibliographies

Back in February, I posted a complaint about an bibliography of the orality-literacy wars I found on Palimpsest. My complaint wasn't that the bibliography had been posted--I had a vague memory of someone asking if they could use it and, more importantly, it was attributed to me, but rather I was concerned that it was misidentified as an orality-literacy bibliography. I should have mentioned here earlier that the bibliography was properly labeled before I got around to asking that it be changed. This is way too late in coming, but I wanted to acknowledge this, if, for no other reason, I like the idea behind Palimpsest and want to support it.

I've had many requests for an orality-literacy bibliography over the past few years, and I got a number of them a few weeks ago while at C&W, so I'm putting one together. Rather than attempt a definitive orality-literacy bibliography, I'm focusing on Ong's work and it'll list readings which help contextualize and extend Orality and Literacy. It'll have three parts: a long version (about 40 items), a short version (about 16 items), and three suggested retrospectives. I'll pass it on to Palimpsest once it's done.

Monday, June 05, 2006

C&W and KY

I'm back from Computers and Writing. Well, I've been back for a week, but less than 100 minutes after my plane landed in St. Louis, Tracey and I were on the road to Kentucky for a Virtue and Vice themed vacation (we visited the Jim Beam and Maker's Mark distilleries and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill).

The distilleries were cool. While Jim Beam doesn't do a tour of the distillery proper, they do have a cool set up. Maker's Mark's grounds are beautiful, and while they don't offer samples of their bourbon, they do let you taste it as it ferments (fermentation takes place over four days and they let you sample each day).

The Shaker Village is well worth visiting. Plan to spend at least a day and maybe more if you want to go on a number of area hikes, a river boat cruise, or participate in one of their workshops (they'd just done a dry stone construction rock wall workshop a few weeks before we visited). While we didn't stay overnight (there's something like 80 rooms and I've been told by a friend the accommodations are good), we did eat in the restaurant and the food is excellent.

I uploaded some of pictures from the trip to Flickr. The oddest thing we saw was an traveling Angus Beef exhibit, which consisted of a cargo truck (which had most of the exhibit, I'm assuming), and a pickup pulling a cow statue:

I'll post more on C&W in the next few days.

MLA Field Bibliography Fellowship

Back in Feb., I mentioned that I'd applied for one of the 2006-2009 MLA Field Bibliography Fellowships. MLA hasn't updated the website yet, but beginning July 1, I'll be one of the Field Bibliography Fellows! I don't yet know what journals I'll be covering, but my application listed the following interests: the history and theory of rhetoric; composition studies; medieval literature (particularly Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse); medievalism; orality-literacy studies and the media ecology of oral, chirographic, print, and digital cultures; digital English studies; science fiction; and fantasy. As I noted in my application letter, my interests are quite diverse. While the journals I'll eventually cover will depend upon what isn't already being indexed by a field bibliographer and what I have access to, I'd like to cover a mix of areas. I am planning on checking to see whether or not Kairos is being covered by a field bibliographer, and if it's open, I'm going to request it.