Points of Contact: A Study of the Interplay and Intersection of Traditional by Norman SimmsPoints of Contact: A Study of the Interplay and Intersection of Traditional by Norman Simms

Points of Contact: A Study of the Interplay and Intersection of Traditional

byNorman Simms

Hardcover | March 13, 1991

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This is a book about the way different literary traditions and different kinds of cultural discourse interplay and intersect. The author argues that Western civilization has imposed its notions of the literary upon many non-Western cultures. Non-Western cultures that possess oral, rather than written, literary traditions are often looked down upon by Westerners. Points of Contact introduces the reader to the rich oral cultures of the native people of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the South Pacific. Contents: Three Worlds; Goblins on the Shore; Huenum's Trap; On the Margins of Textuality; Civilization as History and Proportion; and Points of Contact.
Norman Simms is Professor of Literature at University of Waikato, New Zealand, and author of Silence and Invisibility.
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Title:Points of Contact: A Study of the Interplay and Intersection of TraditionalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:245 pages, 9.24 × 6.36 × 0.86 inPublished:March 13, 1991Publisher:University Publishing Association

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ISBN - 10:0944473040

ISBN - 13:9780944473047

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One of the most original, intelligent and rewarding books I've read in a long while. Simms, in high erudition, goes far beyond sheer academics and reaches a profoundly human level of knowledge and consciousness.