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Romantic Correspondence : Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters - Mary A. Favret

Romantic Correspondence

Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters


Published: 27th January 2005
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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 are used by Romantic writers, especially women, become 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. The book deals not only with letters which circulated in the novels of Austen or Mary Shelley, but also with political pamphlets, incendiary letters and spy letters available for public consumption.

Preface: The Public Letter, or æLa Lettre PerfideÆ
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: the death of the letterûfiction, the Post Office and æThe English Mail CoachÆ
List of works cited
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521604284
ISBN-10: 0521604281
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 27th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43