Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760-1860by Theresa Strouth Gaul, Sharon M. Harris
Pub. Date: 10/01/2009
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
This volume illustrates the significance of epistolarity as a literary phenomenon intricately interwoven with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cultural developments. Rejecting the common categorization of letters as primarily private documents, this collection of essays demonstrates the genre's persistent public engagements with changing cultural dynamics of the… See more details below
This volume illustrates the significance of epistolarity as a literary phenomenon intricately interwoven with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cultural developments. Rejecting the common categorization of letters as primarily private documents, this collection of essays demonstrates the genre's persistent public engagements with changing cultural dynamics of the revolutionary, early republican, and antebellum eras. Sections of the collection treat letters' implication in transatlanticism, authorship, and reform movements as well as the politics and practices of editing letters. The wide range of authors considered include Mercy Otis Warren, Charles Brockden Brown, members of the Emerson and Peabody families, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Stoddard, Catherine Brown, John Brown, and Harriet Jacobs. The volume is particularly relevant for researchers in U.S. literature and history, as well as women's writing and periodical studies. This dynamic collection offers scholars an exemplary template of new approaches for exploring an understudied yet critically important literary genre.
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Contents: Introduction, Theresa Strouth Gaul and Sharon M. Harris; Part I Letters and Transnationalism: ' A continual and almost exclusive correspondence': Philip Mazzei's transatlantic citizenship, Chiara Cillerai; Letters on the use of letters in narratives: Catherine, Macauley, Susannah Rowson, and the Warren-Adams correspondence, Eve Tavor Bannet; Anticipating colonialism: US letters on Puerto Rico and Cuba, 1831-1835, Ivonne M. Garcia. Part II Letters and Authorship: The authentic fictional letters of Charles Brockden Brown, Elizabeth Hewitt; Keys to 'the labyrinth of my own being': Margaret Fuller's epistolary invention of the self, Jeffrey Steele; 'Two single married women': the correspondence of Elizabeth Stoddard and Margaret Sweat, 1851-1854, Jennifer Putzi. Part III Letters and Periodicals: Cherokee Catherine Brown's epistolary performances, Theresa Strouth Gaul; 'Does such a being exist?': Olive Branch readers respond to Fanny Fern, Bonnie Carr O'Neill; Dr Mary Walker and the economies of letter writing, Sharon M. Harris; A less costly ink: John Brown's Prison Letters and the traditions of American protest literature, Zoe Trodd. Part IV Letters and 21st Century Editions: Authorship, network, textuality: editing Mercy Otis Warren's letters, Jeffrey H. Richards; The request of a line: on editing Harriet Jacobs's Life Among the Contrabands, Scott M. Korb; Edited letter collections as epistolary fictions: imagining African American women's history in Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends, Linda M. Grasso; Index.
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