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Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry explores the production and reception of dialect poetry in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America and investigates the genre’s rhetorical interest in where sound meets print. Dialect poetry’s popularity stems not only from its use as an entertaining distraction from “serious” poetry, but as a surprisingly complicated pedagogical tool collaborating with elite literary culture. Indeed, the intersections of the oral and textual aspects of the dialect poem, visible in both its composition and its reception, resulted in confusing and contradictory interactions with the genre.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: "Mere Mutilation": Becoming Literate in Dialect Poetry
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. The Difficulty of Dialect Poetry
  2. pp. 18-56
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  1. 2. Plain and Peculiar Dialects: Bret Harte and James Whitcomb Riley
  2. pp. 57-89
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  1. 3. Lettered Dialect: Paul Laurence Dunbar I
  2. pp. 90-116
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  1. 4. Cultivated Dialect: Paul Laurence Dunbar II
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. 5. Gendered Dialect: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Maggie Pogue Johnson
  2. pp. 143-171
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  1. 6. Annotated Dialect: Claude McKay and Langston Hughes
  2. pp. 172-207
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 208-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-258
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-275
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 276-292
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 306-306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270141
Related ISBN
9780814212165
MARC Record
OCLC
867741123
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-04
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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