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Everyday ideas : socioliterary experience among antebellum New Englanders

"Everyday Ideas: Socioliterary Experience among Antebellum New Englanders takes a look at the use of literature in everyday life in one of history's most literate societies - the home ground of the American Renaissance. Using information pulled from four thousand manuscript letters and diaries, Everyday Ideas provides a comprehensive picture of how the social and literary dimensions of human existence related in antebellum New England." "An important aid in understanding historical readers and social authorship practices, Everyday Ideas is a unique resource on New England and provides a framework for understanding the profound role of ideas in the everyday world of the antebellum period."--BOOK JACKET
Print Book, English, ©2006
University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, ©2006
xxv, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781572334717, 1572334711
Creating the text of life : motives and practices of diarists and correspondents
Creating texts from other texts : deploying preexisting literature
Everyday literature : writing within genre conventions
Everyday dissemination : literature sent via letters, newspapers, and bundles
On account of the donor : presenting and receiving literary gifts
Through many hands : lending and borrowing reading material
Literary performances : dissemination through reading aloud, recitation, and enactment
Receiving the word : literary socialization and modes of readings
Personal ideals and social realities : finding time to read
Within the collective : receiving public lectures and readings
Social imprints : reception of books and periodicals as objects
The sayings and doings of nobodies : everyday reception of the printed word