Women's epistolary utterance : a study of the letters of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611 / Graham T. Williams, University of Sheffield.
- Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014.
- Pragmatics & beyond ; new ser., 233.
Pragmatics & beyond new series (P & BNS) ; Volume 233
vii, 266 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Thynne, Joan, 1558-1612 -- Correspondence.
Thynne, Maria, approximately 1578-1611 -- Correspondence.
English letters -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
English letters -- Women authors.
Letter writing -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Letters in literature.
England -- Social life and customs -- 16th century.
- "Located at the intersection of historical pragmatics, letters and manuscript studies, this book offers a multi-dimensional analysis of the letters of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611. It investigates multiple ways in which socio-culturally and socio-familially contextualized reading of particular collections may increase our understanding of early modern letters as a particular type of handwritten communicative activity. The book also adds to our understanding of these women as individual users of English in their historical moment, especially in terms of literacy and their engagement with cultural scripts. Throughout the book, analysis is based on the manuscript letters themselves and in this way several chapters address the importance of viewing original sources to understand the letters' full pragmatic significance. Within these broader frameworks, individual chapters address the women's use of scribes, prose structure and punctuation, performative speech act verbs, and (im)politeness, sincerity and mock (im)politeness."--Publisher website.
The familial backdrop : short biographies of the Thynne women
'Mouths have become hands' : holograph vs. scribal utterance
Ruling epistolary prose : punctuation and textual-utterance markers
Everyday magic verbs : performative utterances
Utterance, power and politeness : the letter exchange between Joan Thynne and Lucy Audley
Sincerity, seriousness and ironic subversions : the attitudes of utterance in the letters of Maria Thynne, c. 1601-1610
Conclusions and future directions
- doctoral University of Glasgow 2009
Published under the title "Pragmatic readings of the letters of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611 : with diplomatic transcriptions of their correspondence" in 2009.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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