Title

Reconsidering the migrant letter: from the experience of migrants to the language of migrants

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Marcelo J. Borges, Dickinson College
Sonia Cancian, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

History of the Family

Publication Date

7-2-2016

Abstract

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Following a century of scholarly attention, the migrant letter, whether written by family members, lovers, friends, or others, is a document that continues to attract the attention of scholars and general readers. Over time, the study of migrant letters has developed in myriad directions. It has adopted methodologies ranging from the publication of complete collections and excerpts to the close analytical and computational readings of letters and their authors examined through the lens of gender, identity, family, and emotions. Regardless of the methodology, the history of migrant letters remains tied to the history of the family. This introduction presents an overview of the historiographical evolution of the study of migrant letters from the early twentieth-century onwards. It highlights the ways in which this Special Issue contributes to the discussion by exploring the connection between the practice of letter writing and the emotional, transnational, economic, and familial experiences of individuals separated by migration.

ISSN

1081-602X

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

281

Last Page

290

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Historiography, identity and emotions, letter-writing, migrant letters, migration, transnational families

Scopus ID

84994365244

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license

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