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By Susan Miller

Winner of the 1999 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for striking study ebook within the box of educating English language, literature, rhetoric and composition.

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But this book verifies her willingness to discuss issues outside conventional uses of archives, which both helped to determine categories of analysis and supported my application for the Mellon Fellowship that made many later visits to the collection possible. As a Fellow of the Society in 1990 and 1995, I was fortunately befriended by historian Thomas Buckley, who generously shared his hard-won discoveries of early nineteenth-century divorce petitions and other documents that demonstrate the inaccuracy of conventional visions of republican and antebellum sexual relationships.

These letters invite us to set aside Marxist reproduction theories, to instead analyze how generations reappear in an active discursive capitalism. A belief in gender entitlements for males, like class and racial prejudice, is often identical to relative evaluations of texts. Fathers rank both reading and writing explicitly to preserve property by paying diligent attention to the letters of patriarchal law. Universal identity is endowed, that is, to males who write correctly. And it is lost by youngsters who do not attend to correct spelling and vocabulary.

They can professionally ignore the fact that individuals do not have equal access to the subject positions, or to the power or passivity they entail, in specific cultural settings. This human inequity becomes visible, however, when we recognize that discursive and material circumstances are identical. " Discovering meanings in hierarchically ranked texts is in this view a poor substitute for what might be a new humanism that would examine the conditional inequality of substance, and of discursive provisions for it, among specific groups.

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