Everyday Reading: Print Culture and Collective Identity in the Rio de la Plata, 1780-1910 (Hardback)William Garrett Acree (author)
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Everyday Reading argues that the introduction of the printing press into the Rio de la Plata in the 1780s hastened the collapse of Spanish imperial control and played a major role in the transition to independence some thirty years later. After independence, print culture nurtured a new identity and helped sustain the region through the tumult of civil war in the mid-1800s. Acree concludes by examining the role of reading in formal education, which had grown exponentially by the early twentieth century as schoolchildren were taught to fulfill traditional roles in society.
Ultimately, Everyday Reading humanizes literary culture, demonstrating its unrecognized and unexpected influence in everyday lives.
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
--Latin American Studies
..".this book offers an intelligent narrative and compelling analysis of the history of nation and subject formation in Spanish America."
--American Historical Review
"Its brevity, sparkling prose, and well-selected illustrations recommend it for all scholars interested in print, literacy, and education in Argentina and Uruguay."
--The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"When nations become independent, what do their citizens read? In this lively and consistently engaging book, Billy Acree explores the connections among state-building, citizenship, and everyday reading and writing. Highly recommended!"
--George Reid Andrews, author of Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000
"This book makes a solid contribution to the cultural, intellectual, and political history of the Rio de la Plata."
--Richard W. Slatta, author of Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory
..".this is an interesting and important book on a little- studied aspect of the R o de la Plata."
--Hispanic American Historical Review
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