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

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This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, images, and feminine values. Writing drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking and this shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and ushering in patriarchal rule. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, Shlain reinterprets ancient myths and parables in light of his theory. Provocative and inspiring, this book is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.

Synopsis:

The author of "Art & Physics" now offers "a fascinating account of the evolution of our male and female ways of knowing" (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of" Women Who Run with the Wolves"). 35 illustrations.

About the Author

Leonard Shlain is the author of Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. He is the chief of laparoscopic surgery at California Medical Center in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

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

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Michelle Mueller, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Michelle Mueller)
I have always been interested in language and reading. I love the shapes of letters and their history. I am also extremely interested in art. And I am interested in the decline of the Greek matriarchy and predominance of patrilineal Athens and the myths that are born of that transition (women as erratic forces to be corralled) -- which are part of traditional Western ideals of man and woman.

So a friend lent me this book and it is FASCINATING! Written by a neurologist, it explores the difference between right and left brain, feminine/masculine, holistic/image vs linear/alphabet and how these dichotomies are critical for humanity and how they have manifested from cave days to the present. Great book to read and discuss! Very thought provoking.
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Katherine Matheron, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Katherine Matheron)
This is one of the most interesting books I've every read. In fact, after we lost our home in the 2007 California wildfires, I had to have a copy again. Upon rereading it, I decided to purchase Eve's Seed and Backlash.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140196016
Author:
Shlain, Leonard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
Matriarchy
Subject:
Written communication
Subject:
Culture conflict
Subject:
Language and culture
Subject:
Patriarchy
Subject:
Misogyny
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
308
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.44x5.56x1.11 in. .99 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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