January 10, 2005
Walter Ong Republished!
October 20, 2004
Marco Mostert - Utrecht University
Walter Ong's influence on the study of medieval literacy has been far more important than the references to his works in the medievalists' publications on the subject might suggest. His oeuvre inspired the works that inspired the surge in studies on medieval communication that has been with us ever since the 1970s. The debate on the nature, implications and consequences of alphabetical writing in which his voice could be heard so prominently, was followed by medievalists from the middle distance. Because the momentous changes that Ong and others had claimed for the introduction of writing and the alphabet had taken place already in Antiquity, his work was more often than not used at one remove, through the scholarship he had inspired directly. Similarly, his views on the importance of the printing press were debated in medieval studies only after they had been digested by the historians of the printed book.Continue reading "Marco Mostert - Utrecht University"
August 20, 2004
Great new article by Jeet Heer
Jeet Heer has a great article about Walter Ong in the July/August issue of 'Books & Culture' magazine:
Here's a sample:
August 09, 2004
One year anniversary
August 08, 2004
Richard Leo Enos - Texas Christian University
I would like to share with you a personal memory of Walter J. Ong.
I am very glad that I was able to dedicate my final issue as editor of ADVANCES IN THE HISTORY OF RHETORIC--the publication of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR)--to Father Ong.
I had decided to dedicate my final issue as editor of ADVANCES to Father Ong because that last issue was coming out just as his 90th birthday was approaching. I was able to speak with him shortly before the issue came out and I know that he was very happy to see this happen. In fact, at the request of the English Department at St. Louis Univesity, I sent some additional copies of that Ong issue so that the honor could be shared with him directly and his immediate colleagues.
Of course, we lost one of great scholars and gentlemen of our field shorty after that issue was published, and so that small tribute became even more fulfilling to me because it was another way that we could continue to say thank you for all that he has done.
Richard Leo Enos, Professor
Holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition
Department of English
Texas Christian University
Noel Valis - Yale University
I did not have the pleasure and honor of knowing Father Ong personally, but his writings have been a revelation to me. I was privileged to participate in a volume dedicated to exploring Father Ong's thought, Media, Consciousness, and Culture, edited by Bruce Gronbeck, Thomas Farrell and Paul Soukup, in 1991. One of the things that I most appreciated in his work was the poetic sense of the man and writer that seemed part and parcel of his intellect. He is most sorely missed.
Professor of Spanish