Reading over McLuhan’s Shoulder

John Durham Peters

Abstract


Background This article1 presents a reworked keynote address given at the “Many McLuhans” conference held at the University of Toronto in September 2018 on the occasion of UNESCO recognizing Marshall McLuhan’s library as part of its Memory of the World program.

Analysis  The article explores McLuhan as a reader and suggests that his greatest work might have been what he read rather than what he wrote. 

Conclusion and implications  The library, as a genre, is one of the great media forms of modernity and antiquity and a marker of the fragility and majesty of the things that humans do with their large brains. 

Contexte  Cet article consiste en la révision d’un discours principal donné au colloque « Many McLuhans » tenu en septembre 2018 à l’Université de Toronto, à l’occasion de la reconnaissance de la bibliothèque de Marshall McLuhan par l’UNESCO dans le contexte de son programme Mémoire du monde.

Analyse  L’article explore McLuhan en tant que lecteur et suggère que sa plus grande œuvre consiste en ce qu’il a lu plutôt qu’en ce qu’il a écrit.

Conclusions et implications La bibliothèque, en tant que genre, est une des grandes formes médiatiques de l’Antiquité et de la modernité et une instance de la fragilité et de la majesté de ce que font les humains avec leurs grands cerveaux.


Keywords


Marshall McLuhan; Harold Innis; Library; Reading; Apostolic succession; Memory / Marshall McLuhan; Harold Innis; Bibliothèque; Lecture; Succession apostolique; Mémoire

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2019v44n4a3715

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
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