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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

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ISBN10: 0670878839
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Proposes, rather than argues closely, that the shift from apprehending the world from images to writing--especially alphabetic--contributed largely to the suppression of goddess worship and the decline in the status of women in society. Shlain is a neurosurgeon, and begins by explaining how reading and looking at pictures or listening to speech use different parts of the brain and indeed can influence the development of children's brains. Then, rejecting the linear, sequentialist, reductionist thinking he associates with both writing and masculine values, he offers a long series of essentially independent essays, each evoking an example of his thesis. They range from the first writing of the Egyptians and Mesopotamians through classical and medieval times to the Reformation and eventually the rise of television, with glances at China and Japan. Some of the material has appeared in The Utne Reader Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-453) and index.

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Lucy Little, August 20, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
Interesting theory. The author presents the case that a decline in goddess worship and devaluation of females and female attributes coincide with the advent of the written alphabet. He bases it more specifically on actual brain function. A long book, but one that can be picked up for a chapter or two as some of them can stand alone. Whether one agrees or not, the book is fascinating and presents many historical facts about the relationships of males and females in various societies. I personally liked the book and have added it to my "keep" stack!
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ISBN:
9780670878833
Preface:
Shlain, Leonard
Author:
Shlain, Leonard
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
Written communication
Subject:
Patriarchy
Subject:
Misogyny
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19980901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.58x6.52x1.46 in. 1.80 lbs.

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