Assistant SHIMIZU Shota

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Have you written a letter recently?

I am studying epistolary novels. A novel written as a series of letters is a rather obscure genre these days, only employed occasionally by popular writers who wish to flaunt their skill, but epistolary novels enjoyed tremendous popularity in the past.
What made epistolary novels a beloved genre? Do they appeal to readers in some unique way? There are so many questions to ask, and new ones keep coming up.
Maybe the genre interests me so much because I am myself a ready correspondent, at least by contemporary standards. What about you? Have you written a letter recently?

  • Research, History
  • Courses
    Basic German
    Personal History
    Graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Received an M.A. in literature at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    M.A. (Literature)
    Epistolary novels of the 18th century
    Research Subject
    History of epistolary novels in the 18th century
    Epistolary novel; the rise of the novel; speech act theory
    Tohoku Society of German Study; Japanese Society for Germanic Studies