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The De-Composition of Writing in "A Passage to India"

Tony E. Jackson
Journal of Modern Literature
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Spring, 2006), pp. 1-18
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3831685
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This essay demonstrates how theories of writing considered as an invented technology can open new interpretive doors into the study of literature. First I briefly explain the effects and consequences of the technology of writing in relation to speech, the primary effect being the disembodiment of language. I explain in a similar way the effects and consequences of written story in relation to oral story. Then I examine writing and orality, literature and orature in Forster's A Passage to India in such a way as to show how the theory of writing as a technology can actually produce interpretations.

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