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Material readings are central to a full understanding of the early modern letter, and represent a mode of analysis that complements traditional historical and literary approaches, as well as more recent linguistic and gender-based analyses. The physical characteristics of manuscript letters in addition to rhetorical and stylistic features imparted social meaning, nuances in which were readily understood by contemporaries familiar with epistolary cultures.
KeywordsMaterial Letter Stylistic Feature Literary Approach Spiritual Counselling High Social Standing
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