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Discourses of Imperial Nationalism as Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

in Dido's Daughters

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226243115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226243184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0004
Discourses of Imperial Nationalism as Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

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This chapter examines ideologies of “imperial nationalism” as a second-order matrix for gendered theories of literacy and for gendered educational practices. It discusses evidence strongly supporting Benedict Anderson's argument that capitalism would likely have remained a phenomenon of “petty proportions” had it not been preceded and accompanied by changes in the domain of language use. It explains that capitalism both needed and helped to produce the creation of print languages that were capable of dissemination through the market.

Keywords: imperial nationalism; gendered literacy; educational practices; Benedict Anderson; capitalism; language use; print languages

Chapter.  17050 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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