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A Devout Reader And Writer: Literacy In Jacoba Van Thiel'S 'Account-Book Of The Soul' (1767–1770)

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This chapter focuses on entries about reading in Jacoba van Thiel's diary. It provides answers to a variety of questions, can Van Thiel be termed a traditional reader? Did she read only religious material, or was the world of this devout Christian broader than that? Did she have a uniform mode of reading or did she read in different ways: in short, how, where and when did she read her books? The chapter discusses about an account of the role played by the spoken and written word in her everyday life. It also focuses on Van Thiel as a writer, and then on her reading. In a conversation with her sister, she recorded: 'My soul was a little invigorated by speaking to my sister about this book, which she believed should be confined to the workings of the spirit and thus serve as an account-book of the soul with God.

Keywords: account-book of the soul; God; Jacoba van Thiel's diary; soul

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