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Author Shlain, Leonard.

Title The alphabet versus the goddess : the conflict between word and image / Leonard Shlain.

Publication Info. New York : Viking, 1998.

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Location Call No. Status
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  302.2 SHLAIN    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  302.2244 SH69    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  302.2244 SHLAIN    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  302.2244 S558A    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 464 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [445]-453) and index.
Summary The author "proposes that alphabetic literacy--the process of reading itself--fundamentally rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture, history, and religion. ... Shlain argues that, with the advent of literacy, the very act of reading an alphabet reinforced the brain's left hemisphere--linear, abstract, predominantly masculine--at the expense of the right--holistic, concrete, visual, feminine. ... [This book] tracks the correlations between the rise and fall of literacy and the changing status of women in society, mythology, and religions throughout European history, and in other cultures as well."--Jacket.
Contents 1. Image/Word -- 2. Hunters/Gatherers -- 3. Right Brain/Left Brain -- 4. Males: Death/Females: Life -- 5. Nonverbal/Verbal -- 6. Cuneiform/Marduk -- 7. Hieroglyphs/Isis -- 8. Aleph/Bet -- 9. Hebrews/Israelites -- 10. Abraham/Moses -- 11. Thera/Matzah -- 12. Adam/Eve -- 13. Cadmus/Alpha -- 14. Sappho/Ganymede -- 15. Dionysus/Apollo -- 16. Athens/Sparta -- 17. Lingam/Yoni -- 18. Birth/Death -- 19. Yin/Yang -- 20. Taoism/Confucianism -- 21. B.C./A.D. -- 22. Jesus/Christ -- 23. Death/Rebirth -- 24. Patriarchs/Heretics -- 25. Reason/Madness -- 26. Illiteracy/Celibacy, 500-1000 -- 27. Muslin Veils/Muslim Words -- 28. Mystic/Scholastic, 1000-1300 -- 29. Humanist/Egoist, 1300-1500 -- 30. Protestant/Catholic -- 31. Faith/Hate -- 32. Sorcery/Science -- 33. Positive/Negative, 1648-1899 -- 34. ID/Superego, 1900-1945 -- 35. Page/Screen, 1945-2000
Subject Written communication -- Social aspects.
Literacy -- Social aspects.
Alphabet -- History.
Language and culture.
Patriarchy.
Misogyny.
Other Form: Online version: Shlain, Leonard. Alphabet versus the goddess. New York : Viking, 1998 (OCoLC)607065174
Online version: Shlain, Leonard. Alphabet versus the goddess. New York : Viking, 1998 (OCoLC)608145378
ISBN 0670878839 alkaline paper
9780670878833 alkaline paper
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