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Dido's DaughtersLiteracy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France$
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Margaret W. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001

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Discourses of Imperial Nationalism as Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

Discourses of Imperial Nationalism as Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

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(p.135) 3 Discourses of Imperial Nationalism as Matrices for Early Modern Literacies
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Dido's Daughters
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0004

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

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