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Wax Tablets of the Mind

Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity

Wax Tablets of the Mind by Jocelyn Penny Small
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In this volume, the author argues that literacy is a complex combination of various skills, not just the ability to read and write: the technology of writing, the encoding and decoding of text symbols, the interpretation of meaning, the retrieval and display systems which organize how meaning is stored and memory. The book explores the relationship between literacy, orality and memory in classical antiquity, not only from the point of view of antiquity, but also from that of modern cognitive psychology. It examines the contemporary as well as the ancient debate about how the writing tools we possess interact and affect the product, why they should do so and how the tasks required of memory change and develop with literacy's increasing output and evoking technologies.
Taylor and Francis; September 2003
403 pages; ISBN 9781134749997
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Title: Wax Tablets of the Mind
Author: Jocelyn Penny Small
 
ISBNs
0203441605
9780203441602
9780415149839
9781134749997
9781134750016