Liz Stanley's Article Picked for Sage Choice
Liz Stanley's 'The death of the letter?' in the current issue of Cultural Sociology has been identified as a 'Sage Choice' article.
Liz's 'The death of the letter?' in the current issue of Cultural Sociology [9, pp.240-55] has been identified as a 'Sage Choice' article.
Is the letter now ‘dead’, because of the impact of new digital technologies? Such arguments fail to distinguish between prevailing genre conventions for letter-writing in different time periods and the underlying ‘epistolary intent’ and ‘letterness’ involved, and so overstate the newness of the changes discussed. Examples including the letters of Olive Schreiner, St Paul’s epistles, communications between Roman legionaries, Second World War love letters, an exchange involving mathematicians and student emails are discussed in arguing that many departures from 'the letter' have occurred over time without disposing of the basics of 'letterness'.
For more detail, please go to http://cus.sagepub.com/content/9/2/240.abstract