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The epistolary art of Catherine the Great

Title
The epistolary art of Catherine the Great / Kelsey Rubin-Detlev.
ISBN
9781789620078
1789620074
Publication
Oxford, UK : Voltaire Foundation, [2019]
Physical Description
xix, 391 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Summary
The Epistolary Art of Catherine the Great is the first study to analyse comprehensively the letters of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia (reigned 1762-1796) and to argue that they constitute a masterpiece of eighteenth-century epistolary writing. Kelsey Rubin-Detlev traces Catherine's development as a letter-writer, her networking strategies, and her image-making, demonstrating the centrality of ideas, literary experimentation, and manipulation of material form evident in Catherine's epistolary practice. Through this, Rubin-Detlev illustrates how Catherine's letters reveal her full engagement with the Enlightenment and further show how creatively she absorbed and responded to the ideas of her century. The letter was not merely a means by which the empress promoted Russia and its leader as European powers; it was a literary genre through which Catherine expressed her identity as a member of the social, political, and intellectual elite of her century.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 26, 2019
Series
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment ; 2019:08.
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2019:08
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (353-379) and index.
Contents
Introduction: Catherine the Great, letter-writing and the elite Enlightenment
Chapter 1: Catherine the epistolerian
Chapter 2: Catherine the Great and eighteenth-century epistolary style
Chapter 3: Fashioning the great Enlightenment monarch
Chapter 4: The play of authority in epistolary form
Chapter 5: Epistolary publicity and the audience for Catherine's correspondences
Chapter 6: Greatness contested: Catherine's epistolary response to the French Revolution
Conclusion: New readers and new ways of reading Catherine's letters.
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