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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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New World Scenes from a Female Pen

New World Scenes from a Female Pen

Literacy as Colonization in Aphra Behn's Widdow Ranter and Oroonoko

(p.333) 7 New World Scenes from a Female Pen
Dido's Daughters
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this volume about women writers and female literacy. It suggests that the women writers studied in this book illustrated women's literacy in action without ever being representative of their sex in general or even of other literate women. This chapter highlights the gendered literacy shown by these women and argues that ideologies of gender and empire helped them to shape the rubric in consequential ways. It also discusses how these women writers challenged the binary opposition that female literacy is simply the passive and obedient reception of discourse while masculine literacy is the production of socially valuable and fame-securing discourse.

Keywords:   women writers, female literacy, gendered literacy, gender, empire, masculine literacy

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