Literacy and the practice of writing in the 19th century : a strange blossoming of spirit
- Howard, Ursula.
- Leicester : niace, c2012.
- Physical description
- x, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
LC156 .G7 H693 2012
- Unknown LC156 .G7 H693 2012
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-335) and index.
- Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part one: Powerful literacies: State, culture and society-- Chapter one: Teaching and learning writing-- Chapter Two: Literacy and Literature: culture and class. Part two: Learning and letters: Writing practices in the community-- Chapter three: Audodidacts or mutual learners? Writing, association and the self-- Chapter four: Separated lives and social statements: the meaning and practice of letter-writing. Part three: Writign lives, different selves-- Chapter five: Telling the Truth: fact, memory and special pleading-- Chapter six: Cracked bobbins and showers of frogs: creativity and class-- Chapter seven: Being different: women's lives in writing-- Chapter eight: Moving through material worlds: men's lives in writing. Reflections. Bibliography. Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- A history of learning and literacy in nineteenth-century England, based on documentary and qualitative evidence, this book explores people's desire to learn, their ways of learning and practising writing and what meaning writing had for them at a time when there was little or no state education available. Those who learned and used writing skills before state education had practices, purposes and beliefs in common, including a consciousness of the social nature and purposes of learning, and the sense that writing skill is a powerful asset in enabling the development and exercise of human agency. Howard therefore addresses questions which lie at the heart of much literacy scholarship: are people who cannot write less able to organise and change their lives? Is writing fundamental to empowerment and self-realisation, for individuals and for communities? If so, when and in which circumstances did this become the case?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Literacy > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
- Literacy > Social aspects > Great Britain.
- Reading > Great Britain > 19th century.
- Reading > Social aspects > Great Britain.
- Learning > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
- Learning > Social aspects > Great Britain.
- Working class > Education > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
- Publication date
- Ursula Howard.