The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter (review)

The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter... Reviews { 351 surprising) fact that translators play an important role in ``set[ing] the path for the reception of an author'' in different cultural contexts. RALPH BAUER UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter. PATRICIA CRAIN. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000. 315 pp. Of the recent path-breaking studies that have explored the material relations of word, image, and literary text in early American culture, Patricia Crain's book, The Story of A, has added a new dimension, as well as set a new standard in the field of early American scholarship. Her book examines the most basic and in many ways most obvious (and therefore also most overlooked) technology of transatlantic Enlightenment communication, the letter alphabet. Fundamentally, the book evaluates the discursive shift from a literary culture steeped in oral rhetorical training to one that utilized primarily print-based alphabetic modes for conveying knowledge. By defining the alphabet as a cultural artifact that was historically located at the fault line of orality and print, Crain turns our attention to the formative phase of modern alphabetic literacy, to elementary education and the pedagogic strategies surrounding primers and alphabet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter (review)

Early American Literature, Volume 37 (2) – Jul 1, 2002

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Reviews { 351 surprising) fact that translators play an important role in ``set[ing] the path for the reception of an author'' in different cultural contexts. RALPH BAUER UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter. PATRICIA CRAIN. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000. 315 pp. Of the recent path-breaking studies that have explored the material relations of word, image, and literary text in early American culture, Patricia Crain's book, The Story of A, has added a new dimension, as well as set a new standard in the field of early American scholarship. Her book examines the most basic and in many ways most obvious (and therefore also most overlooked) technology of transatlantic Enlightenment communication, the letter alphabet. Fundamentally, the book evaluates the discursive shift from a literary culture steeped in oral rhetorical training to one that utilized primarily print-based alphabetic modes for conveying knowledge. By defining the alphabet as a cultural artifact that was historically located at the fault line of orality and print, Crain turns our attention to the formative phase of modern alphabetic literacy, to elementary education and the pedagogic strategies surrounding primers and alphabet

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 1, 2002

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