Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

During the years that it took me to complete this project, I have incurred many debts that I must acknowledge now. I would like to thank, first of all, Wake Forest University for providing a grant from the Archie Fund for the Arts and the Humanities that allowed me to travel...

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Introduction: Engaging Correspondence

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pp. 1-48

On February 2, 1894, Senator Santiago de Liniers, newly inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy, gave a speech in front of his fellows on the utility of epistolary writing for the revitalization of Spain’s social life and historical reputation. At a time when Spanish intellectuals...

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Chapter 1. Epistolarity and the Rhetoric of Hispanism

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pp. 49-69

Twelve years after the loss of Spain’s last American colonies in Cuba and Puerto Rico, Miguel de Unamuno wrote in a letter to Chilean poet Ernesto Guzmán that “what is certain now is that we discover our own ‘I’ [nuestro yo, el propio nuestro] as we enter in contact with...

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Chapter 2. Quixotic Correspondence

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pp. 70-102

In one of his more memorable essays on Cervantes’s Don Quixote, titled “La mejor carta de amores de la literatura española” [“The Best Love Letter in Spanish Literature”] (1951), Pedro Salinas discusses the fate of a love letter that the famous knight errant sends to his beloved...

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Chapter 3. Postal Insurgency

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pp. 103-122

In the introduction to his two-volume Apuntes y documentos para la historia del correo mexicano [Notes for the History of Mexican Mail] (1908), historian José Velarde celebrates mail as the carrier of civilization and as a durable link connecting the citizens of the modern...

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Chapter 4. Transatlantic Transitions

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pp. 123-180

In Spain and Latin America’s Southern Cone, the passage from dictatorship to democracy between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s meant the final triumph of the politics of neoliberalism and the defeat of socialism and national populism as viable political options. Writing after the loss...

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Chapter 5. Failed Deliveries

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pp. 181-214

In late July 1992, Gabriel García Márquez arrived in Seville, Spain, to participate in the celebration of Colombia’s national day at the World Fair, Expo’92. His contribution to his native country on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage to America was to present in the Colombian...

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Conclusion: Crossing Letters

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pp. 215-222

Ep i s tolary writing was crucially constitutive of the bourgeois individual in modern Europe. During the eighteenth century, letter writing abandoned the formalistic conventions of the ars dictaminis and contributed decisively to the creation and expansion of a public sphere of...

Works Cited

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pp. 223-237

Index

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pp. 238-242

Transoceanic Studies

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