Online Workshop “Restoration Epistolarity”

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Erlangen, 26 March 2021, 09:00-18:00

The changing media environment of the English Restoration brought forth a sizeable increase in various forms of literary culture, including the birth of large-scale periodical publishing and the ready availability of the letter. Contrary to the widely held consensus that the letter promoted reliability, recent scholarship has stressed the form’s deconstructive potential, allowing both readers and writers to reflect on the mediated nature of writing and the tenuous relationship between sign and reality. At this workshop, we will therefore discuss Restoration epistolary culture as intimately tied to media criticism, new forms of corporeality, and changing literary values. We are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Thomas Beebee (Penn State), Prof. Dr. Helen Berry (Exeter) and Prof. Dr. Joe Bray (Sheffield) as our invited speakers.

Potential attendees: we invite anybody interested in attending our workshop to do so! There is no attendance fee, but please contact either Jaro Jasenowski ( or Gerd Bayer ( via eMail to register for the event. Also, as you log into the Zoom meeting, please make sure your sign-on name is recognizable so you can join the presentations.

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