Writing Orality

Abstracts for each session can be found on the respective sub-pages, accessible via the sidebar menu.

ETC is pleased to present its second series of Online Reading Group meetings, on the theme of Writing Orality. The sessions last for 1h 30mins, comprising two 25-minute talks led by graduate students or early career researchers, followed by a 40-minute general discussion. 

Sessions will discuss avenues for retrieving the oral dimension of texts by combining theoretical approaches and hands-on textual examples. ‘Oral’ is broadly understood to encompass several cultural contexts and phenomena, including but not limited to oral composition, oral delivery and performance, aural reception, and orally informed cross-mediality.


Week 2 (28th January)

Identification and Function of Formulae

Stephen Coleman (Westminster Theological Seminary) and Martina Astrid Rodda (Oxford)

Week 3 (4th February)

Textual Sounds of Orality

Samira Lindstedt (Oxford) and Sophia Pitcher (Bloemfontein)

Week 5 (18th February)

Textual Fabrics of Orality

Joseph Cross (Chicago) and Natasha Downs (Edinburgh)

Week 6 (25th February)

Layers of Orality

Henry Carter (Oxford) and Yeogeun Kim (Oxford)

Week 7 (4th March)

Comparative Methods

Connie Bloomfield (UCL) and Tyler Creer (Brigham Young)

Week 8 (11th March) – 2:00–3:30PM

Reviving Performance

Jaeyoung Jeon (Lausanne) and Jeffrey R. Tharsen (Chicago)

Week 10 (25th March

Formulaic Language

James Parkhouse (Oxford) and Flaminia Pischedda (Oxford)

Week 11 (31st March) Session 1: 3:30–5:00PM; Session 2: 5:30–7:00PM; Discussion: 7:00–7:30PM

Final Roundtable

For information, please see this page.