Academic Scholarship

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

Letter to Literature cover 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.


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