Reshaping the Boundaries of the Epistolary Discourse

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Reshaping the Boundaries of the Epistolary Discourse


Edited by Aistė Kučinskienė

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

This volume deals with epistolarity in different ways by discussing, firstly, a typology of public letters of Attic orators, and then analysing the letters of two authors of the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century: a Russian poet Alexander Blok and Lithuanian novelist Juozas Tumas-Vaižgantas.

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The studies of the epistolary texts are now experiencing a growth. The fact that the letter writing can be considered as a dying art also has its influence on the increment of investigations. Researchers in literature, history, cultural history and other fields are trying to involve the letters in their inquiries and manage their transitional nature: the epistolary discourse poises between the historical and textual, public and private, documentary and literary, etc. Considering letters as extravagant narratives (a term of Elizabeth J. MacArthur), the chapters in this volume question the letter as a particular text and define different aspects of epistolarity in varying contexts.

Reshaping the Boundaries of the Epistolary Discourse
Aistė Kučinskienė

Public Letters of Attic Orators: A Literary Typology
Roberta Berardi

The Letters of A. Blok as a Historical Source and a
Literary Phenomenon of the Russian Fin De Siècle
Elena Tchougounova-Paulson

Epistolary Discourse in Lithuanian Literary Field:
A Strategy of Analysis
Aistė Kučinskienė

Aistė Kučinskienė is with the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. Academic interests: theorizing epistolarity as a unique textual mode, typologies of letters, letters in creation of communities, the importance of letter writing in Lithuania in 19th and 20th centuries.