Gestural dignity : Early modern intergenerational letters of advice

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Harris, Johanna. (2020). Gestural dignity : Early modern intergenerational letters of advice. Literature and Medicine. 38(2), pp. 327-348. https://doi.org/10.1353/LM.2020.0024
AuthorsHarris, Johanna
Abstract

It was during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that the concept of human dignity began to pivot more firmly towards the notion of egalitarian moral worth that it now represents. This essay focuses on the relationship between the generations as an important place to look for markers of societal attitudes about the meaning of dignity or its absence. A valuable site of discovery is the early modern letter of advice, passed between parents and children or, in some cases, across three generations. The category of intergenerational relationship analysis is increasingly an important focus of study within the health humanities, a category of particular use in improving social cohesion and wellbeing and, therefore, community flourishing.

Keywordsdignity; gesture; letters; advice; intergenerational
Year2020
JournalLiterature and Medicine
Journal citation38 (2), pp. 327-348
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
ISSN0278-9671
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/LM.2020.0024
PubMed ID33518546
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85100638594
Page range327-348
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