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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Early American Writing Implements: Their History and Cultural Significance

The century between 1750 and 1850 saw an increase in the variety and availability of writing implements in British North America as well as modifications to the methods and purpose of writing instruction. Technical advancements eased the writing process overall, however, due to the genderization of handwriting and the pervasiveness of the domestic sphere, women and men did not share the same writing experience. An examination of the changes in the usage of writing implements in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries offers insight into the evolving contemporary class and gender constructs and reveals the cultural significance of pens.


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Presenter: Judith Littlejohn (Graduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 3:15 pm Session IV