Everyday Epistles: The Journal-letter Writing of American Women, 1754--1836

Everyday Epistles: The Journal-letter Writing of American Women, 1754--1836

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This dissertation focuses on the journal-letter form as it is utilized by four middle-class women in colonial and early America. Admittedly, a text that is both letter and diary is also, ironically, neither wholly letter nor wholly diary, and thus fails to fit into traditionally recognized categories of autobiographical writing. This difficulty of classification is reflected in current diary and letter scholarship in two primary ways: either the journal-letter is excluded from studies of diaries or letters because of its distinctiveness or its distinctiveness is ignored in the interest of inclusion. On the contrary, my study highlights hybridity as the defining characteristic of the journal-letter, and I read the simultaneous presence of epistolary and diary elements within the form as illustrative of the creativity and adaptive ability of its writers.The temporal polyvalence of the journal-letter is even more extreme than that of the letter, for with each individual entry ... The diary component of the journal- letter makes it a medium more suited to the expression of such daily feelings than aanbsp;...


Title:Everyday Epistles: The Journal-letter Writing of American Women, 1754--1836
Author: Rayshelle Dietrich
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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