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The Resource The story of A : the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter, Patricia Crain

The story of A : the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter, Patricia Crain

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The story of A : the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter
Title
The story of A
Title remainder
the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Crain
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Illustrated with often antic images from alphabet books and primers, The Story of A relates the history of the alphabet as a genre of text for children and of alphabetization as a social practice in America, from early modern reading primers to the literature of the American Renaissance." "Offering a poetics of alphabetization and explicating the alphabet's tropes and rhetorical strategies, the author demonstrates the far-reaching cultural power of such apparently neutral statements as "A is for apple." The new market for children's books in the eighteenth century established for the "republic of ABC" a cultural potency equivalent to its high-culture counterpart, the "republic of letters," while shaping its child-readers into consumers. As a central rite of socialization, alphabetization schooled children to conflicting expectations, as well as to changing models of authority, understandings of the world, and uses of literature."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crain, Patricia
Dewey number
302.2/244/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE2818
LC item number
.C73 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alphabetizing
  • Literacy
  • Language arts
  • English language
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  • United States
  • Alphabetisierung
Label
The story of A : the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter, Patricia Crain
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-300) 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
  • The Alphabet on Top
  • "The Alphabet Turn'd Posture-Master": A Morphology of Alphabet Texts
  • A Poetics of Alphabetization
  • "That Mother's Kiss": The Alphabet, Gender, and Narrative
  • Gender and the Alphabet
  • The Space of the Alphabet
  • Alphabetizing Things: The Narrating Woman
  • The Technology of the Maternal: Alphabetical Order and Mother's Lips
  • The Manns Among the Letters: Alphabet Plots
  • WWW: The Wide, Wide World's Web
  • Alphabetical Order: The Genre of the Alphabet from the Christ-Cross Row to The New England Primer
  • A Renovated Crusoe
  • Gender, Genre, and Replication in The Wide, Wide World
  • Textual/Maternal/Commodity Networks
  • Seeing Through Women
  • Ellen as Emblem of Literacy
  • "The Dividing Line": Alphabetic Realism, Narrative Authority, and the Erotics of Alphabetization
  • The Story of A: Alphabetization in The Scarlet Letter
  • The Importunate Letter
  • A Priori: Hawthorne's Letter before The Letter
  • Memories of Alphabetization in "The Custom-House"
  • Icon and Ritual in the Crossrow: The Way of the Alphabet
  • Allegory, Adultery, and Alphabetization
  • "Behold a Spectacle of Blood": The Erotics of Alphabetization in The Scarlet Letter
  • The Scarlet Letter as a Rite of Institution
  • Epilogue: F, etc
  • The Comenian Alphabet: What the Animals Said to Adam
  • Letter/Image/Text in The New England Primer
  • The Republic of ABC: Alphabetizing Americans, 1750-1850
  • Children and Images
  • Children as Images
  • Telling the Alphabet
Control code
44502290
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780804731744
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00055705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The story of A : the alphabetization of America from The New England primer to The scarlet letter, Patricia Crain
Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-300) 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
  • The Alphabet on Top
  • "The Alphabet Turn'd Posture-Master": A Morphology of Alphabet Texts
  • A Poetics of Alphabetization
  • "That Mother's Kiss": The Alphabet, Gender, and Narrative
  • Gender and the Alphabet
  • The Space of the Alphabet
  • Alphabetizing Things: The Narrating Woman
  • The Technology of the Maternal: Alphabetical Order and Mother's Lips
  • The Manns Among the Letters: Alphabet Plots
  • WWW: The Wide, Wide World's Web
  • Alphabetical Order: The Genre of the Alphabet from the Christ-Cross Row to The New England Primer
  • A Renovated Crusoe
  • Gender, Genre, and Replication in The Wide, Wide World
  • Textual/Maternal/Commodity Networks
  • Seeing Through Women
  • Ellen as Emblem of Literacy
  • "The Dividing Line": Alphabetic Realism, Narrative Authority, and the Erotics of Alphabetization
  • The Story of A: Alphabetization in The Scarlet Letter
  • The Importunate Letter
  • A Priori: Hawthorne's Letter before The Letter
  • Memories of Alphabetization in "The Custom-House"
  • Icon and Ritual in the Crossrow: The Way of the Alphabet
  • Allegory, Adultery, and Alphabetization
  • "Behold a Spectacle of Blood": The Erotics of Alphabetization in The Scarlet Letter
  • The Scarlet Letter as a Rite of Institution
  • Epilogue: F, etc
  • The Comenian Alphabet: What the Animals Said to Adam
  • Letter/Image/Text in The New England Primer
  • The Republic of ABC: Alphabetizing Americans, 1750-1850
  • Children and Images
  • Children as Images
  • Telling the Alphabet
Control code
44502290
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780804731744
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00055705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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