Communication of Love

Mediatized Intimacy from Love Letters to SMS. Interdisciplinary and Historical Studies

Eva L. Wyss

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Communication of Love

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Pub Date: February 2014

ISBN: 9783837624441

390 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Communication of Love

Mediatized Intimacy from Love Letters to SMS. Interdisciplinary and Historical Studies

Eva L. Wyss

Transcript-Verlag

By the end of the twentieth century certain new media had established themselves which have profoundly changed communication among lovers. SMS and email in particular have created new relational forms and forms of intimacy. From declarations of love on talk shows to televised dating games and marriage quiz shows, television offers a panoply of wildly popular theatrical communications of love. Does the neglecting of traditional communication media, such as love letters and the telephone, cause the intermingling of intimacy with the public sphere and hence the abrogation of it? From the disciplines of sociology, history, cultural and media studies and linguistics, this book offers answers to this question by analyzing and discussing new media from various perspectives.

About the Author

Eva L. Wyss is professor in the Department of German at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany). Her research interests include intimate discourse, anthropological media linguistics, and written communication.