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The Resource Civil tongues & polite letters in British America, David S. Shields

Civil tongues & polite letters in British America, David S. Shields

Label
Civil tongues & polite letters in British America
Title
Civil tongues & polite letters in British America
Statement of responsibility
David S. Shields
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In urban areas from Boston to Charleston, the elite men and women of eighteenth-century British America came together in a variety of private venues to communicate and interact. David Shields looks into the taverns, tea rooms, salons, coffee houses, card parties, clubs, and fraternities where these displays of civility took place. He argues that such spaces, formed outside the domain of the state, became key sites for elite discursive formation, for the articulation and enactment of the values of civility. In an important reinterpretation of early American literary history, he argues that the belles lettres generated for and within these institutions in fact represent a powerful colonial genre involving experimentation with manners and social identities. By examining the language and forms of various "texts"--Including conversations, letters, privately circulated manuscripts, and other forms of expression - he reconstructs the discourse of civility that flourished in and further shaped elite society in British America
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shields, David S.
Dewey number
306/.0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E162
LC item number
.S555 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Etiquette
  • Social interaction
  • Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Literature and society
  • English language
  • United States
  • Etiquette
  • Sociale interactie
  • Savoir-vivre
  • Interaction sociale
  • Associations
  • Littérature et société
  • Anglais (Langue)
  • Formules de politesse
  • Savoir-vivre
  • Littérature et société
  • Associations
Label
Civil tongues & polite letters in British America, David S. Shields
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Overture - The Promise of Civil Discourse -- Chapter 2: Belles Lettres and the Arenas of Metropolitan Conversation -- A Conversation in the Suburbs -- Politeness and Wit -- The Model of Belles Lettres -- Sociability -- Gentility and Taste -- The Spas and the Sexes -- The Profanations of Grub Street -- Chapter 3: Coffeehouse and Tavern -- Henry Brooke - The Poet as Agent of Urbanity -- Tavern Talk Transfigured -- Beyond Politeness -- Chapter 4: Tea Tables and Salons -- Tea and Sympathy -- The Garden of Sensibility -- Chapter 5: Rites of Assembly -- At the Ball -- Card Games and the Muse -- The Sphinx's Challenge -- Crambo -- The Contest of Wit -- Chapter 6: The Clubs -- The Brotherhood of Fish -- The Practice of Good Fellowship -- Chapter 7: The College, the Press, and the Public -- Elegy and the College Cult of Memory -- The Religious Sublime -- The Polite Christian -- Famous Characters and the Defamer -- The Duplicities of Print -- Old Janus -- Chapter 8: Gaining Admission -- The Rapid Rise of Dr. Dale -- An Anatomy of Hospitality -- Chapter 9: Toward the Polite Republic
Control code
35911827
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 348 pages
Isbn
9780807846568
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96037377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35911827
Label
Civil tongues & polite letters in British America, David S. Shields
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Overture - The Promise of Civil Discourse -- Chapter 2: Belles Lettres and the Arenas of Metropolitan Conversation -- A Conversation in the Suburbs -- Politeness and Wit -- The Model of Belles Lettres -- Sociability -- Gentility and Taste -- The Spas and the Sexes -- The Profanations of Grub Street -- Chapter 3: Coffeehouse and Tavern -- Henry Brooke - The Poet as Agent of Urbanity -- Tavern Talk Transfigured -- Beyond Politeness -- Chapter 4: Tea Tables and Salons -- Tea and Sympathy -- The Garden of Sensibility -- Chapter 5: Rites of Assembly -- At the Ball -- Card Games and the Muse -- The Sphinx's Challenge -- Crambo -- The Contest of Wit -- Chapter 6: The Clubs -- The Brotherhood of Fish -- The Practice of Good Fellowship -- Chapter 7: The College, the Press, and the Public -- Elegy and the College Cult of Memory -- The Religious Sublime -- The Polite Christian -- Famous Characters and the Defamer -- The Duplicities of Print -- Old Janus -- Chapter 8: Gaining Admission -- The Rapid Rise of Dr. Dale -- An Anatomy of Hospitality -- Chapter 9: Toward the Polite Republic
Control code
35911827
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 348 pages
Isbn
9780807846568
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96037377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35911827

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