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How did the structure of the texts reflect the methods of their transmission? What techniques were used to help memorize the texts and later to write them down? What was the relationship of the written to the oral tradition during the long period when they existed together? How did the medium affect the way the ideas of the religion were assimilated by its adherents? A book-length introductory study of orality and literacy in the Buddhist world is still a desideratum, but a number of such studies examine the topic as it applies to European countries such as Greece, of which Havelock is a fine example.

Other general studies of writing Martin and orality Finnegan are also relevant because they prepare the student to approach this topic through more specialized works on India and Buddhism. Rocher , a short paper on orality and literacy, focuses mainly on the Brahmanical tradition, which brings up many points salient to the Buddhist world as well. Berkwitz, et al. Wynne outlines the basic arguments that have been articulated over the past few decades about the manner in which early Buddhist texts were composed and transmitted.

Berkwitz, Steven C.

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London: Routledge, The best collection available of articles on literate culture, manuscripts, and their relation to the oral tradition. Finnegan, Ruth. Well-written and lucid introduction for undergraduates to the literary and sociological features of oral poetry, although India is only rarely mentioned.

Discusses a wide range of topics such as the ideas of composition during performance, the uses of repetition, as well as the stylistic and structural features of oral poetry. Munich: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Catalogue of an exhibition of Buddhist manuscripts at the Bavarian State Library from 27 January to 20 March Includes examples from the Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, and Tibetan canons as well as rare modern printed editions from Asia and the West. Color plates accompany most entries. Text in German and English.

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Havelock, Eric. A cogent introduction to the many theoretical and empirical questions related to orality and literacy by one of the doyens of the field. A very useful book for undergraduates beginning their study of the topic. Richard Salomon 3. Berkwitz Part II: Production 4.

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Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, and Claudia Brown, have done an admirable job of bringing together a diverse and nicely balanced set of perspectives on Buddhist texts. At The Nile, if you're looking for it, we've got it.

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Publisher Description This book explores how Buddhist material culture as well as literary and artistic traditions shaped religious and cultural practices in pre-modern Asia. Author Biography Stephen C. Table of Contents 1. Pattaratorn Chirapravati Review "Buddhist Manuscript Culture is a welcome addition to the expanding scholarly discourse on Buddhism and materiality.

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