Civil War Letters and Diaries and the Rhetoric of Experience

Helen Wilcox

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Civil War Letters and Diaries and the Rhetoric of Experience

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This article examines the letters and diaries written during the 1640s. These fresh and vivid texts are among the most important documents of the period: largely unmediated, invariably urgent, often moving, and always full of the material details of conflict or its consequences. To read such writings is one of the best ways to understand the complexities of the period at first hand and discover the rhetoric of experience as it began to pave the way for the prose fiction of subsequent centuries.

Keywords: English Revolution; Civil Wars; diary; letter; autobiographical writing; prose fiction

Article.  7958 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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