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The Resource Cultures of letters : scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America, Richard H. Brodhead

Cultures of letters : scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America, Richard H. Brodhead

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Cultures of letters : scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America
Title
Cultures of letters
Title remainder
scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Richard H. Brodhead
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cultures of Letters illuminates the changing place made for literature in American cultural life. Offering critics and general readers alike a fresh view of America's literary past, this book shows that writing is never simply self-generated; rather, it always reflects the literary arrangements and understandings of particular social settings. Richard H. Brodhead uses a great variety of historical sources, many of them considered here for the first time, to reconstruct the institutionalized literary worlds that coexisted in nineteenth-century America: the middle-class domestic culture of letters, the culture of mass-produced cheap reading, the militantly hierarchical high culture of the post-Civil War decades, and the literary culture of post-emancipation black education. Moving across a range of writers familiar and unfamiliar, and relating groups of writers often considered in artificial isolation, Brodhead describes how these socially structured worlds of writing shaped the terms of literary practice for the authors who inhabited them. Readers will find fresh descriptions of the works and the working conditions of writers like Stowe, Hawthorne, Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Charles Chesnutt, among many others. Through its examples, Cultures of Letters also suggests new, historically more informed ways to approach a number of theoretical questions: How do the terms of literature's public consumption affect the terms of its private conception? By what processes are authors admitted to or excluded from literary careers? Are writers all literary in the same way? How do social factors like race or gender affect not only literary works but the place of an author in culture? Written in vigorous, accessible prose and full of unexpected turns of thought, Cultures of Letters makes a major contribution to American literary and cultural studies and to the historical study of literary forms
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Brodhead, Richard H.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Literature and society
  • Authors and readers
  • Books and reading
  • Authorship
  • United States
Label
Cultures of letters : scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America, Richard H. Brodhead
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-240) 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
  • Jewett, regionalism, and writing as women's work
  • "Why could not a colored man?" : Chesnutt and the transaction of authorship
  • Introduction :
  • On the idea of cultures of letters
  • Sparing the rod : discipline and fiction in antebellum America
  • Veiled ladies : toward a history of antebellum entertainment
  • Starting out in the 1860s : Alcott, authorship, and the postbellum literary field
  • The reading of regions:
  • For a history of literary access
  • The reading of regions : a study in the social life of forms
Control code
26543734
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 245 pages
Isbn
9780226075259
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1513791
Label
Cultures of letters : scenes of reading and writing in nineteenth-century America, Richard H. Brodhead
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-240) 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
  • Jewett, regionalism, and writing as women's work
  • "Why could not a colored man?" : Chesnutt and the transaction of authorship
  • Introduction :
  • On the idea of cultures of letters
  • Sparing the rod : discipline and fiction in antebellum America
  • Veiled ladies : toward a history of antebellum entertainment
  • Starting out in the 1860s : Alcott, authorship, and the postbellum literary field
  • The reading of regions:
  • For a history of literary access
  • The reading of regions : a study in the social life of forms
Control code
26543734
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 245 pages
Isbn
9780226075259
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1513791

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