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Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, . Edited by Theresa Strouth Gaul and Sharon M. Harris


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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, 1831a "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, 1851a "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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Theresa Strouth Gaul is Associate Professor of English at Texas Christian University, USA and Sharon M. Harris is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. Theresa Strouth Gaul, Sharon M. Harris, Chiara Cillerai, Eve Tavor Bannet, Ivonne M. Garcia, Elizabeth Hewitt, Jeffrey Steele, Jennifer Putzi, Bonnie Carr O'Neill, Zoe Trodd, Jeffrey H. Richards, Scott M. Korb, Linda M. Grasso.


'The astute attention paid by the essays in this volume to the matters of cultural engagement in the early American republic make this volume a stimulating feast. Revealing the United States through a global correspondence about its emerging identity, the collection pays critical attention to the private writings of prominent authors, showing how letters not only transform the private sphere but also reorient culture as they express identities in search of a location.' Shirley Samuels, Cornell University, USA 'Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760-1860 is a major contribution to our ever-expanding sense of American literary and cultural history. Its masterful introduction and essays frame an early American moment in which letter writing, both as an intimate and a public act, was central to defining a range of American identities. By pulling together a variety of materials and approaches, Gaul and Harris definitively establish that epistolarity is not only a field in and of itself, but that this is a field whose moment has come.' Hilary E. Wyss, Auburn University, USA '... full of immediately teachable information about various women writers of the era, but above all it should inspire ongoing innovation in research in the field of women's writing as the field continues to stretch beyond a narrow concern with canonical authors and texts. Essay after essay, the collection abounds in insights, placing epistolarity in thematic relationship to transnationalism, to authorship, and to periodical publication.' Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 'According to Letters and Cultural Transformations, letters are not "historical documents only, something to mine for information or ethnographic or biological detail." Instead, they are "situated documents, texts growing out of a complex of cultural and technological practices as well as the mind and experience of a writer" (236). Hopefully, this thoughtful consideration of the letter-writing genre provides the foundation for a broader discussion of the American epistolary tradition.' Early American Literature

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