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Interpreting Early Modern Correspondence - 10 credits (HST804)

Letters and correspondence have been core elements in the writing of early modern history. This course takes a critical look at the use and interpretation of correspondence in the construction of historical narratives. Analysis of the circulation and textual subtleties of letterwriting opens new possibilities and opportunities in early modern research which will help augment students’ own use of these key resources. Considering topics such as authorship and reception, genre and marginalia, (self?)censorship and the public sphere, this module demonstrates the complexity and variety of early modern correspondence, and explores the methods for interpreting and using letters in historical writing.