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Governing the Tongue explains why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early New England. In a work that is at once historical, socio-cultural, and linguistic, Jane Kamensky explores the little-known words of unsung individuals, and reconsiders such famous Puritan events as the banishment of Anne Hutchinson and the Salem witch trials, to expose the ever-present fear of what the Puritans called sins of the tongue. But even while dangerous or deviant speech was restricted, as Kamensky illustrates here, godly speech was continuously praised and promoted. Congregations were told that one should lift one's voice like a trumpet to God and cry out and cease not. By placing speech at the heart of New England's early history, Kamensky develops new ideas about the complex relationship between speech and power in both Puritan New England and, by extension, our world today.

About the Author:
Jane Kamensky is Assistant Professor of American History at Brandeis University and author of The Colonial Mosaic: American Women, 1600-1760 (OUP, 1995).


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195090802
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 304
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 636 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195090802
  • Publisher Date: 08 Jan 1998
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 23 mm
  • Width: 161 mm


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