Hall Bordas: Amb el cor al paper. Història i teoria de les cartes d’amor
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
This review appraises Amb el cor al paper. Història i teoria de les cartes d’amor by
historian Montserrat Jiménez Sureda, an extensive analysis of missives throughout history.
Montserrat Jiménez Sureda is a scholar in Modern and Contemporary History and currently
works at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
This book is based on a collection of thoughts gathered throughout the process of
analytical reading and comprehensive studying of an immense amount of letters. This is not
a light-hearted book that delves into only love, but it anchors on what it means to portray
love in letters, regardless of whom may be writing.
The book is a unique scope into uncharted territory. It strives to reveal how love
appears represented in the words of some of the most celebrated scientists, spiritual
leaders, entertainers, authors and thought-provoking thinkers and philosophers and social
scientists throughout the centuries. The review will be an overview of the practicality of this
book for readers, whichever their areas of expertise may be.
Jiménez Sureda mentions the huge importance this has to the field of epistolography,
especially when thinking about the amount of institutionalized documentation and analysis
related to modern letters documented, classified and accessible is albeit insufficient for
This is one of the main reasons for developing this combination of thoughts and
factual information which enlists, strengthens and amplifies its presence in historical studies
and analysis. When entertaining love letters, one must not shy away from questioning the
meaning of love itself and how it is portrayed in each case, as well as remembering romantic
love is not the only one in this book.