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Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France

Margaret W. Ferguson


Our common definition of literacy is the ability to read and write in one language. But as this book reveals, this description is inadequate, because it fails to help us understand heated conflicts over literacy during the emergence of print culture. The fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, the author shows, were a contentious era of transition from Latin and other clerical modes of literacy toward more vernacular forms of speech and writing. The author's aim in this work is twofold: to show that what counted as more valuable among these competing literacies had much to do with notions of ... More

Keywords: print culture, Latin, female literacy, vernacular, speech, writing, gender, imperial nations, Dido, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret W. Ferguson, author