The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America

The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America

by Michael Warner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674527860

ISBN-13: 9780674527867

Pub. Date: 01/01/1992

Publisher: Harvard

The subject of Michael Warner's book is the rise of a nation. America, he shows, became a nation by developing a new kind of reading public, where one becomes a citizen by taking ones place as writer or reader. At heart, the United States is a republic of letters, and its birth can be dated from changes in the culture of printing in the early eighteenth century. The…  See more details below

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The subject of Michael Warner's book is the rise of a nation. America, he shows, became a nation by developing a new kind of reading public, where one becomes a citizen by taking ones place as writer or reader. At heart, the United States is a republic of letters, and its birth can be dated from changes in the culture of printing in the early eighteenth century. The new and widespread use of print media transformed the relations between people and power in a way that set in motion the republican structure of government we have inherited.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674527867
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Cultural Mediation of the Print Medium

The Res Publica of Letters

Franklin: The Representational Politics of the Man of Letters

Textuality and Legitimacy in the Printed Constitution

Nationalism and the Problem of Republican Literature

The Novel: Fantasies of Publicity

Notes

Index

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