Epistolary Culture in the English Restoration

Third party funded individual grant


Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Bayer


Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft

Funding source: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Start date: 01/10/2018
End date: 30/09/2020


Research Fields

Literature and Culture of the 'Long' Eighteenth Century
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


Short description (intelligible to all):

This research project joins together a range of aspects of early modern literary culture that will contribute significantly to how we understand the late seventeenth-century as a moment whose generic instability within the area of narrative prose fiction gave rise to various forms of experimentation and import from other genres and modes. For this research project, the main focus rests on matters related to epistolary media. The historical context of the English Restoration – a period frequently taken as referring to the half-century that began with the re-instalment of the Stuart Monarchy with Charles II’s ascension to the throne in 1660 and ended with the Copyright Act in 1710 – sheds light on a moment in the history of English literature that is marked by major political, institutional, religious, and cultural revolutions; and whose massive impact on theatrical traditions is already well documented. Restoration England provided the breeding ground for numerous literary innovations that only fully bloomed in the early eighteenth century, as did the novel with the publication in 1719 of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.


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