The Writing and the Voice: History and Literature
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The essay deals with associations between historiography and literature (particularly, historiography and literature of early ages) in the context of changeable relations between the voice and the writing (as well as printing), understood as consecutive communicative dominants. The initial section reminds one of the interrelations between literacy, on the one hand, and historicity and literariness, on the other; subsequently, the voice vs. writing antinomy is subject to problematisation. The following sections discuss how historiography relates to the context of oral practices in its methodological, conceptual, pragmatic, genological, and communicative aspects; the contrary strivings (which tend to be the winning ones) are discussed as well. In conclusion, the new significance of the 'voice vs. writing' opposition was highlighted, against the background of modern ethical afterthought.
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