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During Friday's class, we began talking about McGann's essay, in which the author discusses the importance of the visual presentation of words on the page. In my Native American Literature class, we just finished reading Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain, a collection of histories, oral traditions, and personal memories that tells the story of the Kiowa people. The book, divided into three sections, is complexly organized. Each subsection of the three main sections contains three pieces: Kiowa legend, factual history, and personal recollection. The myths of the culture are on one page, while the history and personal narrative are on the next page. With different fonts and different and somewhat unrelated ideas, the text looks highly unusual on the page. Also, there are large, blank spaces between the paragraphs. We discussed in the Lit class the importance of these changes in font, of the spatial arrangement of the text, as well as the significance of the white spaces. We concluded that the presentation allows us to fill in our own thoughts; moreover, it mirrors the format of oral tradition, which is how the stories of the Kiowa people are traditionally told. Like McGann argues, the way in which the text presents itself affects how the reader interprets meaning from the work. Overall, as The Way to Rainy Mountain demonstrates, the formation of words changes not only what we read but how we read what we are reading.

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