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Author Romani, Gabriella,
Title Postal culture : writing and reading letters in post-unification Italy / Gabriella Romani.
Imprint Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Author Romani, Gabriella,
Series Toronto Italian studies
Toronto Italian studies.
Subject Verga, Giovanni, 1840-1922. Storia di una capinera.
Serao, Matilde, 1856-1927 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Communication and technology -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Postal service -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Written communication -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Letter writing -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Epistolary fiction, Italian -- History and criticism.
Italy -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Italy -- Civilization -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource.
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Note Appendix includes letters transcribed from Italian newspapers.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Annotation The nationalization of the postal service in Italy transformed post-unification letter writing as a cultural medium. Both a harbinger of progress and an expanded, more efficient means of circulating information, the national postal service served as a bridge between the private world of personal communication and the public arena of information exchange and production of public opinion. As a growing number of people read and wrote letters, they became part of a larger community that regarded the letter not only as an important channel in the process of information exchange, but also as a necessary instrument in the education and modernization of the nation. In Postal Culture, Gabriella Romani examines the role of the letter in Italian literature, cultural production, communication, and politics. She argues that the reading and writing of letters, along with epistolary fiction, epistolary manuals, and correspondence published in newspapers, fostered a sense of community and national identity and thus became a force for social change.
Contents ""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments ""; ""Part I""; ""1 Postal Culture after 1861: An Introduction""; ""2 Writing and Reading Letters: The Nationalization of the Italian Postal Service, Epistolary Manuals, and the Print Media""; ""Part II""; ""3 Fictionalizing the Letter: Giovanni Verga�s Storia di una capinera""; ""4 Coeur-responding with Her Readers: The Sentimental Politics of Matilde Serao�s Epistolary Fiction""; ""5 Conclusion""; ""Appendix: Letters Transcribed from Newspapers""
""Ippolito Nievo, “Sulla convenienza per le fanciulle di adoperare anche nell�uso domestico la lingua comune italiana� (La Ricamatrice)""""Pacifico Valussi, “La donna italiana: Lettera I, II, III, IV, V� (La Ricamatrice)""; ""Caterina Percoto, “Memorie di Convento� I, II, III, IV (Giornale delle Famiglie)""; ""Matilde Serao, “La Serva� (La Stampa)""; ""Marchesa Colombi, “La Padrona� (La Stampa)""; ""Neera, “La Donna Libera� (L�Illustrazione Italiana)""; ""Marchesa Colombi, “La Donna Povera� (L�Illustrazione Italiana)""
""Anna Maria Mozzoni, “Lettera aperta di Anna Maria Mozzoni a Matilde Serao� (La Lega della Democrazia)""""Matilde Serao, “Lettera aperta a Anna Maria Mozzoni di Matilde Serao� (La Lega della Democrazia)""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442667235 (electronic bk.)
1442667230 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 868068677
Additional Format Print version: Romani, Gabriella. Postal culture 9781442647084 (OCoLC)858716716