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From Alphabetical to Digital Literacy? Some Reflections on Orality, Writing, Cultural Techniques, and Digitality

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Are we witnessing the transition from alphabetic to digital literacy? But what does "literacy" mean? Going back to the discovery of the difference between orality and literacy in the 1960s and 1970s, we find a real discovery - the difference between oral and written language - combined with a problematic narrative: The supremacy of literal to oral cultures. To avoid this ideology we should consider orality and literacy as the two ends of a continuum. ...

Talk: “I am fragile and small”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

In “'I am fragile and small'”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics," Ainsley Morse will examine the presentation of masculinity (usually that of the lyric speaker) in the work of several unofficial poets of the late Soviet period. As an institution, unofficial literature occupied a powerless position vis-a-vis officially published literature; yet, unofficial poets drew on the tradition of predecessors including Vladimir Mayakovsky and Daniil Kharms to construct a lyric presence that combined exaggerated weakness (“loserdom”) ...