Between Scylla and Charybdis: Learned Letter Writers by Jeanine De Landtsheer, Henk Nellen

By Jeanine De Landtsheer, Henk Nellen

Early sleek letter-writing used to be usually the single strategy to keep normal and significant touch. students, politicians, printers, and artists wrote to percentage inner most or expert information, to check new rules, to help their associates, or pursue own pursuits. Epistolary exchanges hence offer a personal lens onto significant political, spiritual, and scholarly occasions. 16th century's reform routine created a feeling of illness, if no longer outright clashes and civil conflict. students couldn't shrink back from those tensions. the personal sphere of letter-writing allowed them to specific, or allude to, the conflicts of curiosity which arose from their experiences, social prestige, and non secular ideals. Scholarly correspondences therefore represent an exceptional resource at the interrelation among huge old advancements and the convictions of a very expressive team of people.

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Die weit verbreitete Ausgabe des Joannes Janssonius, Amsterdam 1636 (441 Seiten). 6 kar l enenkel Die Paratexte der Korrespondenzvorworte kann ich an dieser Stelle nur zur Indikation verwenden, da in der augenblicklichen Forschungslage diese Materialgruppe noch nicht adäquat, geschweige denn flächendeckend analysiert worden ist. Bewusst wähle ich hier zwei Texte aus dem in religiöser und politischer Hinsicht besonders ereignisreichen 16. Jahrhundert aus. Der eine stammt aus der Zeit, in der die Folgen von Luthers Aufstand spürbar wurden (um 1520), der andere aus der Zeit, in der sich die Reformation etabliert hatte (um 1580).

Epistola familiaris’ schließt vielmehr Teile der Öffentlichkeit mitein, auf die der Begriff der Respublica litteraria anzuwenden ist. Wenden wir uns nun den Paratexten der Vorwörter zu. B. politisch-religiöser Art, als Aufgabe der Epistolographie betrachten? Erasmus’ Vorwortbrief zu den Epistolae ad diversos an Beatus Rhenanus weist nicht in diese Richtung. 15 Dem Vorwort zufolge stellen politisch-religiöse Meinungen und Überzeugungen das gerade Gegenteil von dem dar, was Erasmus erreichen will.

13 But more importantly we should underline its dialogical spirituality in epistolary form: 14 in a constant going back and forth of metaphorical language and paradoxes, of thirst for divine under- Listening to Their Voices. The Rhetorical Activities of Historical Women (Columbia, SC 1997), 215–232 (esp. 215–218). 11 Febvre, Amour sacré, amour profane , 108–118; Jourda, Marguerite d’Angoulême, 95; Beaulieu, ‘Postures épistolaires’, 47, 53; Carrington, ‘Women, Rhetoric, and Letter Writing’, 222–223.

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