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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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‘Full of pretty stories’: Fiction in the Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832)

‘Full of pretty stories’: Fiction in the Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832)

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

Jenny DiPlacidi

Edinburgh University Press

Magazine fiction in eighteenth-century periodical publications such as the Lady’s Magazine has, on the whole, been disparaged as unoriginal, derivative work produced by amateurs. Jenny DiPlacidi’s essay robustly contests these claims by demonstrating how a range of sentimental, Gothic, epistolary and experimental short and serial fiction in the Magazine thematically, tonally and stylistically influenced the novels of canonical figures such as Jane Austen, Frances Burney and Charlotte Smith. Magazine fiction in periodicals such as the Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832) and Lady’s Monthly Museum (1798–1828), DiPlacidi argues, was, in the main, innovative and original. Far from being ephemeral, this fiction was an enduring and significant cultural form, which stylistically and thematically helped to shape the Romantic and domestic novel.

Keywords:   Lady’s Magazine, Lady’s Monthly Museum, Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, serial fiction, magazine fiction, domestic novel, Romantic novel, Gothic

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