Conventional correspondence : epistolary culture of the Dutch elite, 1770-1850 / by Willemijn Ruberg ; translated by Maria Sherwood-Smith.
- Standardized Title:
- Conventionele correspondentie. English
- Boston : Brill, 2011.
- Egodocuments and History Series 4.
Brill eBook titles
Egodocuments and history series, 1873-653X ; v. 4
1 online resource (289 p.)
- Elite (Social sciences) -- Netherlands -- History -- 18th century.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Netherlands -- History -- 19th century.
Letter-writing, Dutch -- History -- 18th century.
Letter-writing, Dutch -- History -- 19th century.
Netherlands -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
Netherlands -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
- Electronic books.
- Egodocuments are cherished because of the view they supposedly provide into the innermost feelings of individuals in past and present. Recent research, however, has shown the complexity of genres like autobiographies, diaries and letters. Building on critical and historical research into autobiographical writing, this book describes epistolary practices of the Dutch elite in the period 1770-1850. Analysing how cultural ideals of sincerity, individuality and naturalness influenced the style and contents of letters, the book also addresses the functions of letter writing in family life, like the formation of an adolescent identity and the relationship between parents and children. Correspondence was a vital means by which class and gender identities were performed and the appropriate emotions were shaped.
- Preliminary material
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1163/ej.9789004209732.i-281 DOI
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