From Letter to Literature: Giovanni Verga, Matilde Serao and Late Nineteenth-Century Epistolary Fiction
Modern Language Notes, vol. 124(1), pp 177-194, January 2009
Gabriella Romani, Ph.D.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Modern Language Notes, published by Johns Hopkins Press, is one of
the oldest American periodicals specialized in literary
criticism. Romani's article probes the interconnections between
the world of real letter-writing and epistolary fiction and analyzes
what some critics have defined as "postal culture"--that is, the rise
in the nineteenth century of social and cultural practices developed
around the letter. The topic of this article is now being expanded into
a book forthcoming in 2011.