In Orality and Literacy in the Demotic Tales, Jacqueline E.
Jay extrapolates from the surviving ancient Egyptian written record
hints of the oral tradition that must have run alongside it. The
monograph's main focus is the intersection of orality and literacy
in the extremely rich corpus of Demotic narrative literature
surviving from the Greco-Roman Period. The many texts discussed
include the tales of the Inaros and Setna Cycles, the Myth of
the Sun's Eye, and the Dream of Nectanebo. Jacqueline
Jay examines these Demotic tales not only in conjunction with
earlier Egyptian literature, but also with the worldwide tradition
of orally composed and performed discourse.