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Contested Liberalisms: Martineau, Dickens and the Victorian Press

Iain Crawford


Contested Liberalisms corrects a long-standing critical narrative of the relationship between Harriet Martineau and Charles Dickens. That narrative has occluded the importance of Martineau’s contribution to the development of the early Victorian press, obscured the degree to which her and Dickens’s public quarrel in the mid-1850s represented larger fissures within nineteenth-century liberalism, and has prevented us from appreciating how those fissures were embedded within a transatlantic conversation over the role of the press in forming a public sphere essential to the development of a libera ... More

Keywords: Martineau, Dickens, press, liberalism, transatlanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474453134
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474453134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain Crawford, author