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The Ethnography of Rhythm$
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Haun Saussy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270460

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.001.0001

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Embodiment and Inscription

Embodiment and Inscription

(p.156) 5 Embodiment and Inscription
The Ethnography of Rhythm

Haun Saussy

Fordham University Press

Orality is generally consigned to the doorstep in histories of media: the prelude to the “extensions of man” but not one of the extensions itself. Memory in a culture that has not adopted writing must be described more carefully as a form of writing on other human minds. Studies of folk literature converge with studies of memory to suggest the properties of such a “writing on the mind” which addresses the characteristics of embodied human thought and turns its limitations into strategic devices of incorporation.

Keywords:   embodiment, folk literature, Merleau-Ponty, mnemonics, plot

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