By Amy Dunham Strand
Examining language debates and literary texts from Noah Webster to H.L. Mencken and from Washington Irving to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, this ebook demonstrates how gender arose in passionate discussions approximately language to handle matters approximately nationwide id and nationwide citizenship elicited through 19th-century sociopolitical differences. including well known statement approximately language in Congressional files, periodicals, grammar books, etiquette manuals, and academic fabrics, literary items inform tales approximately how gendered discussions of language labored to deflect nationally divisive debates over Indian removing and slavery, to stabilize mid-19th-century sociopolitical mobility, to light up the common sense of Jim Crow, and to mood the increase of "New ladies" and "New Immigrants" on the finish and switch of the nineteenth century. Strand complements our understandings of the way ideologies of language, gender, and country were interarticulated in American historical past and tradition and the way American literature has been entwined of their building, mirrored image, and dissemination.
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