Journal of European Studies

Journal of European Studies is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from June-September

A Correspondence of Life and Letters: 'Why War?'
What follows is a correspondence in two stages on the equations and disjunctions of life/lives and letters with reference to a discourse of pacifism and the insolubility of the question: 'Why War?' We take as our starting-point the term 'letters',...
Catherine Carswell: Correspondent of D.H. Lawrence, Biographer of Robert Burns, and Epistolary Novelist
Letters are important in any attempt to understand and evaluate the character and work of the early twentieth-century Scottish writer, Catherine Carswell. Her own letters reveal a contradictory personality, often very different from the public perception...
'Companions of the Cheshire Cheese': Epistolary Lives of Contemporary Irish Poets
Poets with whom I learned my trade, Companions of the Cheshire Cheese, Here's an old story I've re-made, Imagining 'twould better please Your ears than stories now in fashion, Though you may think I waste my breath Pretending that there can be...
Confidantes, Co-Workers and Correspondents: Feminist Discourses of Letter-Writing from 1970 to the Present
An interest in the letter form has been a recurring feature in feminist publications and one that is often linked to a long history of women's private letter-writing. Olga Kenyon's introduction to her 1992 edition of Eight Hundred Years of Women's...
Darling Francesca: Bion, Love-Letters and Madness
Introduction Wilfred Bion is, today, one of the foremost influences on British psychoanalysis. This is largely thanks to work he did during the time he was writing love-letters to his fiancee, later his wife, Francesca, beginning in 1951. In...
Ellen Terry, the Ghost-Writer and the Laughing Statue: The Victorian Actress, Letters and Life-Writing
For Ellen Terry (1847-1928), distinguished performer, exceptional woman prolific correspondent, the letter was a site where self-doubt could be exorcized. She wrote to her friend, Bertha Bramley, 'Not being able to do my work makes me anxious and...
Introduction 1. 'Dear Reader': Definitions of the Epistolary Self
Almost all the essays published in this special double issue of the Journal of European Studies originated as contributions to a conference at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the autumn of 2001 on 'Lives and Letters: The Epistolary Self',...
Introduction 2. 'Anxiously Yours': The Epistolary Self and the Culture of Concern
Deare Mother, I haue receaued two letters from you, the one sent by one that come ouer. I desire you to haue great care in the letters you write, & neuer send any but by the post: you indorse the letter to mee & put the name of a gentleman,...
Le Sang Provencal: Joachim Gasquet's Cezanne
As the centenary of Cezanne's death approaches, his aeuvre remains integral to the ways in which histories of modern art continue to be written. At the turn of the twentieth century he became a key reference point for competing factions of avant-garde...
Letters, Lawrence, Shakespeare and Biography *
Some time ago the Royal Mail ran a series of television advertisements urging viewers to make more use of its services. In these days of creeping privatization I have no idea how much public money now goes into the Royal Mail but, if the sums are...
'Now with My Hand I Cover Africa': A Love-Poem Sent by Stephen Spender to William Plomer
The bodies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them Walt Whitman, 'I Sing the Body Electric (1) William Plomer (1903-1973), addressee and recipient of the love poem discussed in this paper, was born in Pietersburg, South Africa,...
Practising 'Binding Girls with Writing': Kafka's Failed Correspondence with Hedwig Weiler
In the gallery of Franz Kafka's correspondents, the (for us) mute recipients of his all-revealing yet all-concealing letters, Hedwig Weller (1888-1953) takes a modest place. If the well-known features of Felice Bauer (1887-1960) and Milena Jesenska...
Same-Sex Desire, Ethics and Double-Mindedness: The Correspondence of Henry Graham Dakyns, Henry Sidgwick and John Addington Symonds
Before there was even an increase in postal flows each Christmas, Victorian males were writing to each other about same-sex love affairs. (1) New postal services played a role in establishing the conditions in which an 'identity' for those who desired...
Shadows Lying across Her Pages: Epistolary Aspects of Reading 'The Eventful I' in Olive Schreiner's Letters
Introduction This article discusses some aspects of the letters written by the South African feminist writer and theorist, Olive Schreiner (1855-1920). Schreiner is now perhaps best known in English-speaking countries as the author of the quintessential...
'What Strange Intimacy': Janet Flanner's Letters from Paris
Janet Flanner (1892-1978), under the nom de plume Genet, wrote for fifty years, from 1925 to 1975, the fortnightly column 'Letter from Paris' in The New Yorker magazine. While creating this almost-epistolary personal journalism in Paris she was...
Writing in Tongues: Chantal Akerman's News from Home
My mother wrote me love letters, and that was marvelous. With her own words [...] my mother didn't learn to write, she quit school at 11, [...] She writes as she can, she formulates her feelings in an unsophisticated way, they really reflect her....