Literary Sociability in Early Modern England: The Epistolary Record

Literary Sociability in Early Modern England: The Epistolary Record

By: Paul Trolander (author)Hardback

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Using the letter as its main evidence, Literary Sociability in Early Modern England: The Epistolary Record examines early-modern English literary networks, especially during the period 1620 to 1720, finding that author manuscripts were increasingly understood as seedbeds of knowledge production and humanistic creativity and therefore as natural predecessors to print. Early modern authors, patrons and even regulators cultivated the letter and theories of friendship to build literary networks that could collaborate on writing projects with strong cultural appeal. By being associated with texts of high cultural value, network participants accrued social capital that could be used to attract state or religious patronage, professional stature among other writers, and financial gains in the marketplace.

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Paul Trolander is professor of British literature in the English Department at Berry College.


Chapter 1. Changing the Way We Theorize Early Modern Literary Sociability Chapter 2. Technologies, Infrastructure and Class Chapter 3. Finding One's Place in the Early Modern Literary Field Chapter 4. Making Sense of the Conversational and Cooperative Aspects of Literary Networking Chapter 5. Subject Positions in Early Modern Literary Networks Chapter 6. Cooperative Aspects of Early Modern Literary Activity: Assistance, Sharing and Reputation Building Chapter 7. Cultural Capital Formation Among Early Modern Literary Networks Chapter 8. The Cultural Economics of Brokering within Literary Networks Appendix 1. List of All Sources Consulted for the Database, Categorized by Type Appendix 2. Actions Noted in Letters, Categorized by Commonly Recommended Letter Types or Actions in Secretaries and Letter-Writing Manuals Bibliography About the Author

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  • publication date: 29/05/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781611494976
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781611494976
  • weight: 581
  • ISBN10: 1611494974

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