Victorian Women Writers and the Periodical Press: The Case of Harriet Martineau.
Nineteenth-Century Prose 1997, Spring, 24, 1
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The convention of anonymity associated with most Victorian periodicals enabled Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) to resist socially constructed stereotypes of the "female author." When writing for the periodicals, Martineau molded her narrative voice to suit her rhetorical purpose, assuming a male or female persona according to her subject matter, readers, and editorial guidelines. The indeterminacy of Martineau's narrative voice enabled her to resist and reconstruct social stereotypes, expanding the number of possible literary media, topics, and narrative voices open to women writers. Through the multiplicity of her authorial identity--at once masculine and feminine, journalistic and literary, public and private--Martineau provided an important model for later Victorian women writers. **********
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: Mar 22, 1997
- Publisher: Nineteenth-Century Prose
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 19 Pages
- Language: English