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Rosie Whitcombe

 

‘To see her handwriting would break my heart’: The Creation, Containment and Destruction of the Self in the Letters of John Keats

Using the notable letters of John Keats, this study will provide a new historical and critical account of letter writing with a particular focus on self-fashioning, theories of the epistolary and the text as artefact. My research will examine how Romantic period correspondence relates to the process of life and death, and in turn how Keats uses these themes to articulate his identity as letter writer. This will contribute to a growing, but still small, body of theoretical material which views letter writing as an object of critical and historical study.

 

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