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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820sThe Long Eighteenth Century$
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Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.001.0001

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The Lady’s Poetical Magazine and the Fashioning of Women’s Literary Space

The Lady’s Poetical Magazine and the Fashioning of Women’s Literary Space

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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s

Octavia Cox

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers a detailed account of the place of women poets in the Lady’s Poetical Magazine (1781–2), a periodical that ran to four volumes under the editorship of the entrepreneurial James Harrison. Octavia Cox begins by interrogating the physical space that women writers occupy in the Lady’s Poetical Magazine as well as other contemporary publications (especially George Colman and Bonnell Thornton’s Poems by Eminent Ladies and Oliver Goldsmith’s Poems for Young Ladies), as well as considering the periodical’s contribution to eminent women’s canonisation in the late-century. The chapter proceeds to detail Harrison’s own poetic contributions before turning to the many poets the magazine published and the self-circumscription these writers performed and the self-liberation they attempted. In light of the case of writers such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Susan Scott (Susan Carnegie) and Elizabeth Carter, Cox concludes that Harrison’s publication constructed a vital space in which women poets contested and challenged authorial ‘female-ness’.

Keywords:   Lady’s Poetical Magazine, James Harrison, George Colman and Bonnell Thornton, Poems by Eminent Ladies, Oliver Goldsmith, Poems for Young Ladies, women poets, Susan Scott (Carnegie), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Elizabeth Carter

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