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The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing

The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing (Hardback)

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This comprehensive study by leading scholars in an important new field - the history of letters and letter writing - is essential reading for anyone interested in nineteenth-century American politics, history or literature. Because of its mass literacy, population mobility, and extensive postal system, nineteenth-century America is a crucial site for the exploration of letters and their meanings, whether they be written by presidents and statesmen, scientists and philosophers, novelists and poets, feminists and reformers, immigrants, Native Americans, or African Americans. This book breaks new ground by mapping the voluminous correspondence of these figures and other important American writers and thinkers. Rather than treating the letter as a spontaneous private document, the contributors understand it as a self-conscious artefact, circulating between friends and strangers and across multiple genres in ways that both make and break social ties.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Reference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksReference & ResearchResearch & information: generalResearch methods: general Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Publication Date: 15/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9780748692927  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of African American Studies University of Nottingham and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Judie Newman, OBE, is a former Chair of the British Association for American Studies, a Founding Fellow of the English Association, the recipient of the Arthur Miller Prize in American Studies, and Professor of American Studies, University of Nottingham. Matthew Pethers is an Associate Professor in American Intellectual and Cultural History at the University of Nottingham. He has published widely on the literary history, print culture, performative arts and scientific thought of eighteenth and nineteenth-century America.

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