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The Resource Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain, edited by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon

Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain, edited by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon

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Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain
Title
Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain
Statement of responsibility
edited by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon
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Editor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The letter is a powerfully evocative form that has gained in resonance as the habits of personal letter writing have declined in a digital age. But faith in the letter as evidence of the intimate thoughts of individuals underplays the sophisticated ways letters functioned in the past. In Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain leading scholars approach the letter from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to uncover the habits, forms, and secrets of letter writing. Where material features of the letter have often been ignored by past generations fixated on the text alone, contributors to this volume examine how such elements as handwriting, seals, ink, and the arrangement of words on the manuscript page were significant carriers of meaning alongside epistolary rhetorics. The chapters here also explore the travels of the letter, uncovering the many means through which correspondence reached a reader and the ways in which the delivery of letters preoccupied contemporaries. At the same time, they reveal how other practices, such as the use of cipher and the designs of forgery, threatened to subvert the surveillance and reading of letters. The anxiety of early modern letter writers over the vulnerability of correspondence is testament to the deep dependence of the culture on the letter. Beyond the letter as a material object, Cultures of Correspondence sheds light on textual habits. Individual chapters study the language of letter writers to reveal that what appears to be a personal and unvarnished expression of the writer's thought is in fact a deliberate, skillful exercise in managing the conventions and expectations of the form. If letters were a prominent and ingrained part of the cultural life of the early modern period, they also enjoyed textual and archival afterlives whose stories are rarely told. Too often studied only in the case of figures already celebrated for their historical or literary significance, the letter in Cultures of Correspondence emerges as the most vital and wide-ranging material, textual form of the early modern period
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Cataloging source
SUC
Dewey number
826.009/9287
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PR914
LC item number
.C85 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1972-
  • 1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Daybell, James
  • Gordon, Andrew
Series statement
Material texts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English letters
  • English prose literature
  • Letter writing
  • English letters
  • English prose literature
  • Letter writing
  • Great Britain
  • Englisch
  • Brief
  • England
Label
Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain, edited by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The early modern letter opener / James Daybell and Andrew Gordon -- Part I. Material practices. From Palatino to Cresci : Italian writing books and the Italic scripts of early modern English letters / Jonathan Gibson -- Conveying correspondence : early modern letter bearers, carriers, and posts / Mark Brayshay -- Part II. Technologies and designs. Enigmatic cultures of cryptology / Nadine Akkerman -- Material fictions : counterfeit correspondence and the culture of copying in early modern England / Andrew Gordon -- Allegory and epistolarity : cipher and faction in Sidney and Spenser / Andrew Zurcher -- Part III. Genres and rhetorics. Mixed messages and Cicero effects in the Herrick Family letters of the sixteenth century / Lynne Magnusson -- John Stubb's left-handed letters / Christopher Burlinson -- "An uncivill scurrilous letter" : "womanish brabb[l]es" and the letter of affront / Michelle O'Callaghan -- Part IV. The afterlives of letters. "Burn this letter" : preservation and destruction in the early modern archive / Arnold Hunt -- Gendered archival practices and the future lives of letters / James Daybell -- Familiar letters and state papers : the afterlives of early modern correspondence / Alan Stewart
Control code
952023628
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 322 pages
Isbn
9780812248258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)952023628
Label
Cultures of correspondence in early modern Britain, edited by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The early modern letter opener / James Daybell and Andrew Gordon -- Part I. Material practices. From Palatino to Cresci : Italian writing books and the Italic scripts of early modern English letters / Jonathan Gibson -- Conveying correspondence : early modern letter bearers, carriers, and posts / Mark Brayshay -- Part II. Technologies and designs. Enigmatic cultures of cryptology / Nadine Akkerman -- Material fictions : counterfeit correspondence and the culture of copying in early modern England / Andrew Gordon -- Allegory and epistolarity : cipher and faction in Sidney and Spenser / Andrew Zurcher -- Part III. Genres and rhetorics. Mixed messages and Cicero effects in the Herrick Family letters of the sixteenth century / Lynne Magnusson -- John Stubb's left-handed letters / Christopher Burlinson -- "An uncivill scurrilous letter" : "womanish brabb[l]es" and the letter of affront / Michelle O'Callaghan -- Part IV. The afterlives of letters. "Burn this letter" : preservation and destruction in the early modern archive / Arnold Hunt -- Gendered archival practices and the future lives of letters / James Daybell -- Familiar letters and state papers : the afterlives of early modern correspondence / Alan Stewart
Control code
952023628
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 322 pages
Isbn
9780812248258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)952023628

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