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Gender and Politics in the Age of Letter-Writing 1750–2000

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Máire Cross


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Letters have long been the outlet for political expression, whether they articulate the personal politics of the daily routine or the political views of individuals who witness or participate in dramatic events. In addition, letters can be unusually revealing records between men and women. Though letters have frequently been studied as a privileged space for literary, social and cultural expression, the three-dimensional relationship of politics, gender and letters has not been the focus of an entire volume. The nineteen essays in this collection examine how the gendered nature of political literacy is revealed over a 250-year period through letter-writing, whether the writer is famous or unknown, the wife of a prominent politican or activist, a political prisoner or political militant. Ranging wide in terms of subject matter and geography, the contributors examine correspondence that ponders familial concerns, as well as letters providing political commentary on the effects of war or revolution on everyday life. Among the contributors are Jim Allen, Clare Brant, Edith Gelles, Jane Rendall and Sian Reynolds.

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Editor(s): Bland C, Cross M

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2004

Number of Pages: 280

Publisher: Ashgate

Place Published: Aldershot

Notes: I wrote 75% of chapter 1 Cross and Bland, 'Gender politics: Breathing new Life into Old letters', pp.3-14. I wrote chapter 8, Máire Cross, 'The Correspondence of a "Sister in Humanity"', pp. 93-111 The editing of chapters was shared 50–50 Bland and Cross.

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ISBN: 9780754638513