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Who Was Walter Ong, and Why Is His Thought Important Today?

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Bowra, C. M. Heroic Poetry. London: Macmillan, 1952.

Broich, Ulrich. The Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poem, translated from the 1968 German original by David Henry Wilson. Cambridge, England: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1990. In The Barbarian Within: And Other Fugitive Essays and Studies (New York: Macmillan, 1962: 188-89, 218), Walter J. Ong discusses the mock epic as a manifestation of the humanist shift toward writing, which meant the waning of the old oral agonistic tendencies linked to the Latin language.

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Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 3rd ed. Novato, California: New World Library, 2008. Very accessible.

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Deme, Mariam Konate. Heroism and the Supernatural in the African Epic. New York and London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2010, forthcoming.

Farrell, Thomas J. "Faulkner and Male Agonism." In Dennis L. Weeks and Jane Hoogestraat, eds., Time, Memory, and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the Thought of Walter Ong. Cranbury, NJ, and London, UK: Associated University Presses, 1998. 203-21. Explores an important theme in Faulkner's life and novels.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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