Reading and Writing in Early America

History 280D

Fall 2014
Section: 
003
Instructor: 
Location: 
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 4-6P
CCN: 
39885
Units: 
4

This seminar is offered both as an introduction to the social and cultural history of America between 1700 and 1900 and as an exploration of recent scholarship in the history of literate practice.  Overarching thematic concerns include the spread and meaning of literacy, the historical relationship between writing and print, the form and content of news transmission, the proliferation of life writing and personal correspondence, and the rise of new media of inscription.   Along the way, we will also cover such topics as slave literacy, intellectual property, education, white-Indian relations, literary entertainment, and the performance of gender identities.

Course Books

Handwriting in America by Thornton, Tamarak Plakins Yale. ISBN: 978-0300074413 Required
Born Losers by Sandage, Scott Harvard. ISBN: 978-0674021075 Required
Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America by Monaghan, E. Jennifer U. Massachusetts. ISBN: 978-1558495814 Required
American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting by McGill, Meredith University of Pennsylvania. ISBN: 978-0812236989 Required
accidental diarist by McCarthy, Molly Chicago. ISBN: 978-0226033358 Required
Private Woman, Public Stage by Kelley, Mary UNC. ISBN: 978-0807854228 Required
Unvarnished Truth by Fabian, Ann California. ISBN: 978-0520232013 Required
Murder Most Foul by Halttunen, Karen Harvard. ISBN: 978-0674003842 Required
Audible Past by sterne, jonathan Duke. ISBN: 978-0822330134 Required
Audible Past by sterne, jonathan Duke. ISBN: 978-0822330134 Required
Declaring Independence by Fliegelman, Jay Stanford. ISBN: 978-0804720762 Required
Clerk's Tale by augst, thomas Chicago. ISBN: 978-0226032207 Required
Clerk's Tale by augst, thomas Chicago. ISBN: 978-0226032207 Required
Geographical Revolution in Early Americ by Bruckner UN. ISBN: 978-0807856727 Required
Business of Letters by Jackson, Leon Stanford. ISBN: 978-0804757058 Required
Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines by Gitelman, Lisa Stanford. ISBN: 978-0804738729 Required
Slave's Narrative by Davis, Charles and Gates, Henry Louis Oxford. ISBN: 978-0195066562 Required
Networked Wilderness by Cohen, Matt U. Minnesota. ISBN: 978-0816660988 Required
History of the Book in America Volume 3 by Casper, Scott et al. (eds.) UNC. ISBN: 978-0807830857 Required
History of the Book in America Volume 2 by Gross, Robert et al (eds.) UNC. ISBN: 978-0807833391 Required