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WALTER J. ONG, S.J. (1912 - 2003)

His focus was the "evolution of human consciousness via the history of communication."  ()

[My] works do not maintain that the evolution from primary orality through writing and print to an electronic culture, which produces secondary orality, causes or explains everything in human culture and consciousness.  Rather, [my] thesis is relationist: major developments, and very likely even all major developments, in culture and consciousness are related, often in unexpected intimacy, to the evolution of the word from primary orality to its present state.  But the relationships are varied and complex, with cause and effect often difficult to distinguish.  (Interfaces of the Word, 9-10)

This book [Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue] was thus one of the crucial founding texts of modern media theory.  Through McLuhan [in The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962], it influenced generations of media students.  Among scholars, it led directly to the influential work of Elizabeth Eisenstein [The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, two volumes, 1979], which has in its turn inspired a new generation of studies of science, religion, politics, and culture.  It is hard to imagine how different our sense of the “printing revolution” of early modern Europe would be without Ong’s pioneering researches.  (Adrian Johns, "Foreword" to 2004 reissue of Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue, xii)

[By the time of Ong’s death in 2003] it was already clear that interest in the major topic of his first book had revived dramatically with the advent of the Internet. . . .  In Ong’s case, however, the work that is read by today’s digital mavens has until now not been Ramus at all, which has been hard to find. . . .  The real story [of the relation between media and reason] – one which is as relevant to our understanding of media as ever – is more fine-grained than [the streamlined story that Ong himself presents in Orality and Literacy: the Technologizing of the Word, 1982].  And for the real story you need to read Ramus.  (Adrian Johns, "Foreword" to 2004 reissue of Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue, xiii)

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  • Anthologies:

    • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.

    • Faith and Contexts.  4 Vols.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press.  Rpt. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996.  Vol. 4.  1999.

      • Further Essays, 1952-1990.  Vol. 3.  1995.

      • Supplementary Studies, 1946-1989.  Vol. 2.  1992.

      • Selected Essays and Studies, 1952-1991.  Vol. 1.  1992.

    • Interfaces of the Word: Studies in the Evolution of Consciousness and Culture.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1977.

    • Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology: Studies in the Interaction of Expression and Culture.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1971.

    • In the Human Grain: Further Explorations of Contemporary Culture.  New York: Macmillan, 1967.

    • The Barbarian Within, and Other Fugitive Essays and Studies.  New York: Macmillan, 1962.

    • American Catholic Crossroads: Religious-Secular Encounters in the Modern World .  New York: Macmillan, 1959.

    • Frontiers in American Catholicism: Essays on Ideology and Culture.  New York: Macmillan, 1957.

  • Edited Works:

    • A Fuller Course in the Art of Logic Vol. 8 of Complete Prose Work of John Milton Ed. and trans. Ong and Charles J. Ermatinger.  New Haven: Yale UP, 1982.  206-407.

    • Petrus Ramus and Audomarus Talaeus, Collectaneae praefationes, epistolae, orationes [Collected Prefaces, Letters, Speeches].  Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1970.

    • Knowledge and the Future of Man: an International Symposium.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Wilson, 1968.

    • Darwin's Vision and Christian Perspectives.  New York: Macmillan, 1960.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • "Digitisation Ancient and Modern: Beginnings of Writing and Today's Computers."  Communication Research Trends 18.2 (1998): 3-21.
      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  527-549.
    • "Information and/or Communication: Interactions."  Communication Research Trends 16.3 (1996): 3-17.
      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  505-525.
      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  217-37
    • "Hermeneutic Forever: Voice, Text, Digitization, and the 'I.'"  Oral Tradition 10.1 (1995): 3-36.
      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  183-203
    • "Technological Development and Writer-Subject-Reader Interactions."  Oral and Written Communication: Historical Approaches.  Ed. Richard Enos.  London: Sage, 1996.  206-215.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  497-504.

      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  240-248.

    • "Before Textuality: Orality and Interpretation."  Oral Tradition (1988): 259-269. 
      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  215-225.
    • "Orality-Literacy Studies and the Unity of the Human Race."  Oral Tradition 2.1 (1987): 371-82.

      • Selected Essays and Studies.  Vol. 1 of Faith and ContextsEd. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992.  209-18.

    • Hopkins, the Self, and God.  1981 Alexander Lectures at the University of Toronto.  Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1986.

    • "Text as Interpretation: Mark and After."  Oral Tradition in Literature.  Foley, 1986.  147-169.

      • Supplementary Studies, 1946-1989.  Vol. 2 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992. 

    • "Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought."  The Written Word: Literacy in Transition.  Ed. G. Baumann.  Oxford: OUP, 1986.  23-50.

      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  143-168.

      • The Linguistics of Literacy.  Ed. Pamela Dowling, et. al.  Philadelphia: J. Benjamins, 1992.  293-321.

    • "Writing and the Evolution of Consciousness."  Mosaic: a Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature and Ideas 18 (1985): 1-10.

      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  202-214.

    • "Introduction."  A Fuller Course in the Art of Logic Vol. 8 of Complete Prose Work of John Milton Ed. and trans. Ong and Charles J. Ermatinger.  New Haven: Yale UP, 1982.  139-205.

      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  111-142.

    • "The Agonistic Base of Scientifically Abstract Thought: Issues in Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness."  Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 56 (1982): 109-124.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  479-496.

    • Orality and Literacy: the Technologizing of the Word.  London: Methuen, 1982.

    • Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness.  1979 Messenger Lectures on the Evolution of Civilization, Cornell University.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981.

    • "Literacy and Orality in Our Times."  ADE Bulletin 58 (1978): 1-7.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  465-478.

    • "Beyond Objectivity: the Reader-Writer Transaction as an Altered State of Consciousness."  The CEA Critic 40 (1977): 6-13.

      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  176-185.

    • "Voice and the Opening of Closed Systems."  Interfaces of the Word: Studies in the Evolution of Consciousness and Culture.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1977.  305-341.

      • Supplementary Studies, 1946-1989.  Vol. 2 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992. 

    • "Typographic Rhapsody: Ravisius Textor, Zwinger and Shakespeare."  Classical Influences on European Culture, AD 1500-1700.  Ed. Robert R. Bolgar.  Cambridge: CUP, 1976.  91-126.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  429-464.

    • "The Writer's Audience is Always a Fiction."  PMLA 90 (1975): 9-21.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  405-428.

      • Twentieth Century Literary Theory: an Introductory Anthology.  Ed. Vassilis Lambropoulos and David Neal MillerAlbany: SUNY Press, 1986.  401-422.

    • "Agonistic Structures in Academia: Past to Present."  Interchange: a Journal of Education 5.4 (1974): 1-12.
      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  112-137.
    • "Rhetoric and the Origins of Consciousness."  Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology: Studies in the Interaction of Expression and Culture.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1971.  1-15.
      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  93-102.
    • "'I See What You Say': Sense Analogues for Intellect."  Human Inquiries: Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry 10 (1970): 22-42.
      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  91-111.
      • Interfaces of the Word.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1977.  121-44.
    • "World as View and World as Event."  American Anthropologist 71 (1969): 634-647.
      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  69-90.
    • The Presence of the Word: Some Prolegomena for Cultural and Religious History.  1964 Terry Lectures, Yale University.  New Haven: Yale UP, 1967.

    • "Humanism."  New Catholic Encyclopedia.  Vol. 7 of New Catholic Encyclopedia.  Ed. William J. McDonald.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.  215-224.

      • Additional Studies and Essays, 1947-1996Vol. 4 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.  69-92.

    • "Literature, Written Transmission of."  Vol. 8 of New Catholic Encyclopedia.  Ed. William J. McDonald.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.  833-838.

      • Rpt. as "Written Transmission of Literature."  An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  331-344.

    • "Oral Residue in Tudor Prose Style."  PMLA 80 (1965): 145-154.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  313-329.

    • "The Barbarian Within: Outsiders Inside Society Today."  The Barbarian Within, and Other Fugitive Essays and Studies.  New York: Macmillan, 1962.  260-285.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  277-300.

    • "A Dialectic of Aural and Objective Correlatives."  Essays in Criticism 8 (1958): 166-181. 

      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  28-42.

      • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.  Ed. David Lodge.  London: Longman, 1972.

      •  498-508.
      • The Barbarian Within.  New York: Macmillan, 1962.  26-40.

    • Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: from the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1958.  Rev. Ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2004.

    • Ramus and Talon Inventory: a Short-Title Inventory of the Published Works of Peter Ramus (1515-1572) and of Omer Talon (ca. 1510-1562) in Their Original and in Their Variously Altered Forms, with Related Material.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1958.

    • "Voice as a Summons for Belief: Literature, Faith, and the Divided Self."  Thought: a Review of Culture and Idea 33 (1958): 43-61.
      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  259-275.
      • Supplementary Studies, 1946-1989.  Vol. 2 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992.  68-84.
      • The Barbarian Within.  New York: Macmillan, 1962.  49-67
    • "Grammar in the Twentieth Century."  Problems of Communication in a Pluralistic Society.  Ed. Reynolds C. Seitz.  Milwaukee: Marquette UP, 1956.   23-40.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  247-258.

    • "System, Space and Intellect in Renaissance Symbolism."  Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 18 (1956): 222-239.

      • Further Essays.  Vol. 3 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.  9027.

    • "Metaphor and the Twinned Vision: The Phoenix and the Turtle."  Sewanee Review 63.2 (1955): 193-201.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  239-246.

    • "Ramus and the Transit to the Modern Mind."  Modern Schoolman 32.4 (1955): 301-311.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  229-238.

    • "The Jinnee in the Well-Wrought Urn."  Essays in Criticism 4 (1954): 309-320.
      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  199-208.
      • The Barbarian Within.  New York: Macmillan, 1962.  15-25.
    • "Ramus: Rhetoric and the Pre-Newtonian Mind."  English Institute Essays 1952.  Ed. Alan S. Downer.  New York: Columbia UP, 1954.  138-170.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  209-228.

    • "Peter Ramus and the Naming of Methodism: Medieval Science through Ramist Homilectic."  Journal of the History of Ideas 14 (1953): 235-248.

      • Supplementary Studies, 1946-1989.  Vol. 2 of Faith and Contexts.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992.  38-51.

    • "Hopkins' Sprung Rhythm and the Life of English Poetry."  Immortal Diamond: Studies in Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Ed. Norman Weyand.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1949.  93-174.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  111-174. 

    • "Historical Backgrounds of Elizabethan and Jacobean Punctuation Theory."  PMLA 59 (1944): 349-360.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  185-198.

    • "The Meaning of the 'New Criticism.'"  Modern Schoolman 20 (1943): 192-209.

    • "The Province of Rhetoric and Poetic."  Modern Schoolman 19.2 (1942): 24-27.

      • An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry.  Ed. Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2002.  175-184.

  • Selected Interviews:

    • Why Talk?  A Conversation about Language with Walter Ong Conducted by Wayne Altree.  San Francisco: Chandler and Sharp, 1973.

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  • Anthologies:

    • Farrell, Thomas J., and Paul A. Soukup, eds.   Of Ong and Media Ecology: Essays in Communication, Composition, and Literary Studies.  New York: Soukup, 2012.

    • Weeks, Dennis L., and Jane Hoogestraat, eds.  Time, Memory, and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the Thought of Walter Ong.  Selinsgrove: Susquehanna UP, .

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Farrell, Thomas J.  Walter Ong's Contributions to Cultural Studies: the Phenomenology of the Word and I-Thou Communication.  Hampton, 2000.

    • Kermode, Frank.  "Father Ong."  New York Review of Books March 14, 1968, 22-26. 

      • Rpt. in Modern Essays.  London: Fontana, 1971.  99-107.

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