Burn as soon as read: Love and negotiation in the correspondence of Isabel Mantz and John Dice Johnson.

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Title:
Burn as soon as read: Love and negotiation in the correspondence of Isabel Mantz and John Dice Johnson.
Author:
Mahoney, Deirdre Marie
Issue Date:
1995
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The love letters written by Isabel Mantz and her intended mate shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War help construct an emerging field of the local histories of "ordinary" women in rhetoric. Personal forms of discourse such as the letters written by Isabel Mantz represent alternative rhetorics, texts which privilege the personal, the private, the fragmented, and the autobiographical. Love letters, specifically, represent a rhetorical mode that has remained virtually ignored to date. The correspondence composed by Isabel Mantz allows today's audience entrance into a particular historical moment in which a young woman revealed her expectations and desires as she maneuvered within the institutions of mid-nineteenth-century courtship rituals, literacy practices, educational opportunities, and dominant female health-practice ideology. The ways in which Isabel Mantz used the love letter to negotiate a relationship in its infancy, to create a sustaining relationship in print, and ultimately, in the final stages of the courtship, to textualize her identity through her own writing process are examined in full detail. This study suggests that women have effectively used language as a heuristic for situating themselves in both the private and public spheres of the period as they have simultaneously used their written discourse as a heuristic for inventing and expressing themselves.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
English; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Miller, Thomas

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleBurn as soon as read: Love and negotiation in the correspondence of Isabel Mantz and John Dice Johnson.en_US
dc.creatorMahoney, Deirdre Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorMahoney, Deirdre Marieen_US
dc.date.issued1995en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe love letters written by Isabel Mantz and her intended mate shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War help construct an emerging field of the local histories of "ordinary" women in rhetoric. Personal forms of discourse such as the letters written by Isabel Mantz represent alternative rhetorics, texts which privilege the personal, the private, the fragmented, and the autobiographical. Love letters, specifically, represent a rhetorical mode that has remained virtually ignored to date. The correspondence composed by Isabel Mantz allows today's audience entrance into a particular historical moment in which a young woman revealed her expectations and desires as she maneuvered within the institutions of mid-nineteenth-century courtship rituals, literacy practices, educational opportunities, and dominant female health-practice ideology. The ways in which Isabel Mantz used the love letter to negotiate a relationship in its infancy, to create a sustaining relationship in print, and ultimately, in the final stages of the courtship, to textualize her identity through her own writing process are examined in full detail. This study suggests that women have effectively used language as a heuristic for situating themselves in both the private and public spheres of the period as they have simultaneously used their written discourse as a heuristic for inventing and expressing themselves.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairMiller, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWarnock, Tillyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNolte Temple, Judyen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9603350en_US
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