9781403971012

Letters across Borders The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants

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    1403971013

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In this collection, the editors seek to address the recent rebirth of interest in immigrant letters. As these letters are increasingly seen as key, rather than incidental, documents in the interpretations of gender, age, social class, and ethnicity/nationality, the scholars gathered here demonstrate a diversity of new approaches to their interpretation.

Author Biography

Bruce S. Elliott is Professor of History, Carleton University. David A. Gerber is Professor of History, University of Buffalo (SUNY). Suzanne M. Sinke is Associate Professor of History, Florida State University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
v
List of Tables
vi
Notes on Contributors vii
Introduction 1(28)
Bruce S. Elliott
David A. Gerber
Suzanne M. Sinke
Part I Limits and Opportunities
How Representative are Emigrant Letters? An Exploration of the German Case
29(27)
Wolfgang Helbich
Walter D. Kamphoefner
The Limits of the Australian Emigrant Letter
56(19)
Eric Richards
Marriage through the Mail: North American Correspondence Marriage from Early Print to the Web
75(22)
Suzanne M. Sinke
Part II Writing Conventions and Practices
Irish Emigration and the Art of Letter-Writing
97(10)
David Fitzpatrick
``Every Person Like a Letter'': The Importance of Correspondence in Lithuanian Immigrant Life
107(17)
Daiva Markelis
Epistolary Communication between Migrant Workers and their Families
124(17)
Miguel Angel Vargas
Part III Silences and Censorship
Epistolary Masquerades: Acts of Deceiving and Withholding in Immigrant Letters
141(17)
David A. Gerber
Reading and Writing across the Borders of Dictatorship: Self-Censorship and Emigrant Experience in Nazi and Stalinist Europe
158(17)
Ann Goldberg
Part IV Editorial Interventions
``Going into Print'': Published Immigrant Letters, Webs of Personal Relations, and the Emergence of the Welsh Public Sphere
175(25)
William D. Jones
As if at a Public Meeting: Polish American Readers, Writers, and Editors of Ameryka-Echo, 1922--1969
200(23)
Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann
Part V Negotiations of Identity
Negotiating Space, Time, and Identity: The Hutton-Pellett Letters and a British Child's Wartime Evacuation to Canada
223(25)
Helen Brown
The Ukrainian Government-in-Exile's Postal Network and the Construction of National Identity
248(23)
Karen Lemiski
Part VI Letters and the State
Immigrant Petition Letters in Early Modern Saxony
271(20)
Alexander Schunka
``To His Excellency the Sovereign of all Russian Subjects in Canada'': Emigrant Correspondence with Russian Consulates in Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax, 1899--1922
291(15)
Vadim Kukushkin
Index 306

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