This Is My Letter To The World (EAS3247)

30 credits

The letter has been variously deployed in literature, from dramatic device (the intercepted letters in Shakespeare’s plays) to a much larger structuring device (the epistolary novels of Samuel Richardson). This course will take us on a 300 year journey from the first epistolary novel to the first e-mail novel. Along the way we will consider theories of epistolarity, authorship, genre, postcolonialism and remediation.