Letters & Printing

Does love have a history? ‘Letters and Love in Colonial Spanish America’ examined the salutations and closings used in hundreds of letters sent across the Atlantic by husbands and wives between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, to explore how married couples expressed their feelings for each other. 

I also edited a collection of essays on letters of all sorts, from Emily Dickinson’s poetic missives to the anguished letters sent by German wives to their soldier husbands during World War One.

Other work studied the spread of printing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish America, to assess the impact of the printing press on the spread of revolutionary ideas.

Johannes Vermeer, ‘Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid’, c1670-71, National Gallery of Ireland.


All Relevant Publications

YearCategoryPublication TypeTitlePublisherLink
2005ScholarshipJournal ArticleLetters and Love in Colonial Spanish America The Americas 62:1Link
2002ScholarshipBook ChapterThe Role of Print in the Spanish-American Wars of Independence in The Political Power of the WordUniversity of London/Institute of Latin American StudiesLink
1999ScholarshipEdited VolumeEpistolary Selves: Letters and Letter-Writers, 1600-1945AshgateLink
1997ScholarshipJournal ArticleInformation and Disinformation in Late Colonial New GranadaThe Americas 54:2Link

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