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Author Lyons, Martyn
Title The writing culture of ordinary people in Europe, c. 1860-1920 / Martyn Lyons
Imprint Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2013, ©2013
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  P211.3.E85 L991 2013    AVAILABLE    30530001123868
 Modern History Library  302.2244 L991    AVAILABLE    30550100541232
Descript xi, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note "As war and mass emigration across oceans increased the distances between ordinary people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many of them, previously barely literate and unaccustomed to writing, began to communicate on paper. This fascinating account explores this surge of ordinary writing, how people met the new challenges of literacy and the importance of scribal culture to the history of individual experience in modern Europe. Focusing on correspondence and other writing genres produced by French and Italian soldiers in the trenches in the First World War, as well as Spanish emigrants to the Americas, the book reveals how these writings were influenced by dialect and oral speech and were oblivious to the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Through their sometimes moving stories, we gain an insight into the importance to ordinary peasants of family, village and nation at a time of rapid social and cultural change"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
1. Ordinary writings, extraordinary authors -- 2. Archives for an alternative history -- 3. 'Excuse my bad writing' -- 4. Literary temptations -- 5. France: transparency and disguise in the letters of the poilus, 1914-1918 -- 6. France: national identity from below and the discovery of the 'lost provinces', 1914-1919 -- 7. Family, village and motherland in the writing of Italian soldiers, 1915-1918 -- 8. Italian identities 'from below' and ordinary writings from the Trentino -- 9. Love, death and writing on the Italian Front, 1915-1918 -- 10. Spain: emergency literacy and the nostalgia of exile, 1820s-1920s -- 11. Family strategy and individual identities in the letters of Spanish emigrants -- 12. Order and disorder in the 'memory books' -- 13. Conclusions
Subject Written communication -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Written communication -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
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