Nowa teoria listu
New theory of the letter is divided into two parts, which are preceded by an extensive introduction, aimed at presenting Polish epistolographic research against the background of foreign work – their problematics, scope and research fields. A special place among them is reserved for theoretical and literary proposals, starting from Theory of the letter, up to the latest concepts – Elżbieta Rybicka’s or Lucyna Marzec’s. Although they are just brief outlines, they constitute an important reference point for the whole proposed new theory of letters, which is modular in nature. The idea of replacing a comprehensive, uniform tool – the configuration of concepts and methods that are useful to a given block of epistolography – results from the conviction that a letter as a complex and multidimensional statement cannot be reduced to a strictly defined framework, identical for all letters regardless of their type or time of creation. It is the decision of the researcher, who takes into account the numerous conditions and context of a particular epistolary text, that conditions the choice of a given aspect of correspondence deemed as the most interesting; within this monograph, researchers will be able to get acquainted with many possible approaches to the issues useful in the analysis of letters going back to literary and linguistic tools, as well as concepts and methods developed within philosophy (personalist anthropology, philosophy of the mind, self-techniques) and social sciences (communication psychology, logotherapy, conversational analysis, or discourse analysis).