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The Resource Romantic correspondence : women, politics, and the fiction of letters, Mary A. Favret

Romantic correspondence : women, politics, and the fiction of letters, Mary A. Favret

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Romantic correspondence : women, politics, and the fiction of letters
Title
Romantic correspondence
Title remainder
women, politics, and the fiction of letters
Statement of responsibility
Mary A. Favret
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The literary importance of letters did not end with the demise of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel. In the turbulent period, between 1789 and 1830, the letter was used as a vehicle for political rather than sentimental expression. Against a background of severe political censorship, seditious corresponding societies and the rise of the modern Post Office, letters as they were used by Romantic writers, especially women, became the vehicle for a distinctly political, often disruptive force. Mary Favret's study of Romantic correspondence reexamines traditional accounts of epistolary writing, and redefines the letter as a "feminine" genre. It also reconsiders a central concept of Romantic poetry in historicist, feminist and prosaic terms, by asking us to question the categories of gender and genre which determine our sense of Romantic literature. The book deals not only with fictional letters which circulated in the novels of Jane Austen or in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but also with political pamphlets, incendiary letters and spy letters available for public consumption. Moreover, Mary Favret argues that the travel letters of Mary Wollstonecraft and the foreign correspondence of Helen Maria Williams disturb any simple notion of epistolary fictions and the "woman of letters" by insisting on the democratizing power of correspondence. At the same time, she demonstrates how the history of correspondence promoted by the British Post Office deflects that democratizing power by channeling letter-writing into a story of national progress
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Favret, Mary A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in Romanticism
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English letters
  • English prose literature
  • Women authors, English
  • Politics and literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Epistolary fiction, English
  • Romanticism
  • Letter writing
  • Letters in literature
  • English letters
  • Women authors, English
Label
Romantic correspondence : women, politics, and the fiction of letters, Mary A. Favret
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-264) 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
History and the fiction of letters -- "Letters" or letters? Politics, interception and spy fiction -- Helen Maria Williams and the letters of history -- Mary Wollstonecraft and the business of letters -- Jane Austen and the look of letters -- The letters of "Frankenstein" -- Conclusion, or the death of the letter : fiction, the Post Office and "The English Mail Coach."
Control code
25369840
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780521410960
Lccn
92004491
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1501698
Label
Romantic correspondence : women, politics, and the fiction of letters, Mary A. Favret
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-264) 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
History and the fiction of letters -- "Letters" or letters? Politics, interception and spy fiction -- Helen Maria Williams and the letters of history -- Mary Wollstonecraft and the business of letters -- Jane Austen and the look of letters -- The letters of "Frankenstein" -- Conclusion, or the death of the letter : fiction, the Post Office and "The English Mail Coach."
Control code
25369840
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780521410960
Lccn
92004491
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1501698

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