Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South

Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American SouthIn 1711, The Imperious Virginia Patriarch William Byrd II Spitefully Refused His Wife Lucy S Plea For A Book A Century Later, Lady Jean Skipwith Placed An Order That Sent The Virginia Bookseller Joseph Swan Scurrying To Please These Vignettes Bracket A Century Of Change In White Southern Women S Lives Claiming The Pen Offers The First Intellectual History Of Early Southern Women It Situates Their Reading And Writing Within The Literary Culture Of The Wider Anglo Atlantic World, Thus Far Understood To Be A Masculine Province, Even As They Inhabited The Limited, Provincial Social Circles Of The Plantation South.Catherine Kerrison Uncovers A New Realm Of Female Education In Which Conduct Of Life Advice Both The Dry Pedantry Of Sermons And The Risqu Plots Of Novels Formed The Core Reading Program Women, She Finds, Learned To Think And Write By Reading Prescriptive Literature, Not Greek And Latin Classics, In Impromptu Home Classrooms, Rather Than Colleges And Universities, And From Kin And Friends, Rather Than Schoolmates And Professors Kerrison Also Reveals That Southern Women, In Their Willingness To Take Up The Pen And So Claim New Rights, Seized Upon Their Racial Superiority To Offset Their Gender Inferiority In Depriving Slaves Of Education, Southern Women Claimed Literacy As A Privilege Of Their Whiteness, And Perpetuated And Strengthened The Repressive Institutions Of Slavery.

Catherine Kerrison is an associate professor of history at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in colonial and revolutionary America and women s and gender history She holds a Ph.D in American history from the College of William and Mary Her first book, Claiming the Pen Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South Cornell , won the Outstandi

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  • Hardcover
  • 265 pages
  • Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South
  • Catherine Kerrison
  • English
  • 17 December 2018
  • 9780801443442

9 thoughts on “Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South

  1. says:

    Kerrison offers helpful insights into the intellectual life of southern women of the 18th century, as she shows what these women were reading, how their reading materials informed their perpectives of themselves and the world, and how they reconstructed or rejected the patriarchal ideals of their readings in their own writings At times this book is a bit too information dense, and I often had a hard time seeing Kerrigan s purpose for including so many examples and case studies Still, I came to see the women Kerrigan writes about as if they were characters in a story, and I d love to learn about each of them if I can Her connections between gender hierarchy and the institution of slavery are also fascinating, and I d love to find out what other scholars have to say about t...

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