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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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‘This Lady is Descended from a Good Family’: Women and Biography in British Magazines, 1770–1798

‘This Lady is Descended from a Good Family’: Women and Biography in British Magazines, 1770–1798

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(p.278) 18 ‘This Lady is Descended from a Good Family’: Women and Biography in British Magazines, 1770–1798
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s
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Hannah Doherty Hudson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0019

Hannah Doherty Hudson asserts that biography is an important, even ubiquitous element of eighteenth-century periodicals, and that it was largely a genre that excluded women because it tended to demand genius, curiosity, and public approbation—qualities difficult for a woman of any reputation to come by. And yet, there were important exceptions, often writers and actresses, which she explores in detail; periodical readers of both sexes were clearly interested in women’s biographies. Key to this argument are two case studies: of the women’s biographies featured by the European Magazine (1782–1826) in the post-Lady’s Monthly Museum (1798–1828) era, and of the magazine biographies of Elizabeth Inchbald. Ultimately, contends Hudson, magazine interludes with women’s biography helped re-shape the reception of the biographical genre writ large.

Keywords:   biography, women writers, actresses, European Magazine, Elizabeth Inchbald, Lady’s Monthly Museum

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