The Oral Style

The Oral Style

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In this book, first published in 1990, Edgard Sienaert and Richard Whitaker offer the first English translation of Marcel Jousse's crucially important work, Le style oral. As the translators observe, this study fired the imagination of contemporary intellectuals in Paris soon after its publication and influenced the work of many. In this book, Jousse provides a thorough and detailed theoretical account of the compositional style of oral, as opposed to literate, authors, showing that the antithetical, balancing, formulaic quality of that style is deeply rooted in the psychological and even physiological nature of mankind.
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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 162 x 239 x 26mm | 559.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138843601
  • 9781138843608

Table of contents

Part 1. The Anthropological Foundations of Oral Style 1. The Energetic Explosion and the Psycho-Physiology of Gesture 2. Intervals Between Energetic Explosions: Physiological Rhythm 3. Reflex Gesticulation and the Mimicry of Reception 4. The Spontaneous Revivification of Past Gestures 5. The Voluntary Semiological Revivification of Mimic Gestures 6. Laryngo-Buccal Semiological Gesticulation 7. The Instinctively Concrete Character of Semiological Gesticulation 8. The Propositional Gesture 9. Ethnic Mental Dispositions and Propositional Gestures: The Psychology of Translation Part 2. The Oral Style 10. The Automatic Repetition of a Propositional Gesture: Parallelism 11. Rhythmic Oral Style 12. The Instinctive Mnemonic Employment of Rhythmic Schemas 13. Oral Style, A `Living Press' 14. Oral Composers 15. Mnemonic Faculties in Oral Style Milieux 16. Mnemotechnical Devices Within the Rhythmic Schema 17. Mnemotechnical Devices Within the Recitative 18. Mnemotechnical Devices Within a Recitation. Conclusion
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