Women's Authorship And Editorship In Victorian Culture - Sensational Strategies

Palmer, Beth

Verlag: Oxford University Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0199599114 / ISBN 13: 9780199599110
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Imitation cloth, dj, F/F. x+206pp, 5 b/w illustrations, index, a fine copy in a fine dustjacket. Oxford English Monographs series. A study of the sensational literature of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood and Florence Marryat and the way in which their work in Victorian Periodicals allowed them chance to realize & hone their literary skills at a time when publishing opportunities for women were slim. 450 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: This book considers the ways in which women writers used the powerful positions of author and editor to perform conventions of gender and genre in the Victorian period. It examines Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood, and Florence Marryat's magazines (Belgravia, Argosy, and London Society respectively) alongside their sensation fiction to explore the mutually influential strategies of authorship and editorship.

The relationship between sensation's success as a popular fiction genre and its serialisation in the periodical press was not just reciprocal but also self-conscious and performative. Publishing sensation in Victorian magazines offered women writers a set of discursive strategies that they could transfer onto other cultural discourses and performances. With these strategies they could explore, enact, and re-work contemporary notions of female agency and autonomy, as well as negotiate contemporary criticism. Combining authorship and editorship gave these middle-class women exceptional control over the shaping of fiction, its production, and its dissemination.

By paying attention to the ways in which the sensation genre is rooted in the press network this book offers a new, broader context for the phenomenal success of works like Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret and Ellen Wood's East Lynne. The book reaches back to the mid-nineteenth century to explore the press conditions initiated by figures like Charles Dickens and Mrs Beeton that facilitated the later success of these sensation writers. By looking forwards to the New Woman writers of the 1890s the book draws conclusions regarding the legacies of sensational author-editorship in the Victorian press and beyond.

Rezension: Beth Palmer's Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the ways in which nineteenth-century women navigated the complex literary marketplace ... Palmer's clearly written and convincingly argued book brings these women and their savvy strategies for success back into the spotlight as important trailblazers in the mid-Victorian periodical press. (Jennifer Phegley, 19th Century Gender Studies)

Palmer brings something new to this topic ... she has her own distinctive approach to sensationalism ... Informative and lucid, this book usefully complements what we already know about the sensation novel by persuasively arguing that it shares the multiplicity, polyvocality, and heterogeneity of the periodical press in which it was rooted. Palmer also enriches our understanding of the three writers she treats and of the history of female authorship. (Lyn Pykett, Review 19)

Beth Palmer's study of women sensation writers who were also editors of monthly magazines is an important contribution to the history of Victorian fiction and print culture as well as to women's studies. ... For establishing the importance of these performative sensation author-editors in print and literary history, Palmer's new study is a welcome addition to scholarship. (Linda K. Hughes, Victorian Studies)

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Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: 2011
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