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Introduction

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599110
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0001

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Introduction

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This first section maps out the argument concerning the relationship between sensation, performance, and the press through the key figures of the female author-editors Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood, and Florence Marryat. Each of these writers is introduced in the larger context of women's journalism in the nineteenth century and the modulating status of editorship during this period. The Introduction then considers the term ‘sensation’, its early definitions, its current contested status, and the ways in which this book uses it to describe an enabling idiom for women writers. In considering Judith Butler's understanding of performativity the chapter also provides a theoretical underpinning for the connections the book explores between the self-conscious performances of gender and of genre.

Keywords: sensation; performance; periodical press; serialization; editorship; women writers; journalism; performativity

Chapter.  7470 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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