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A Frame of Mind: Signature Liberalism at the <i>Fortnightly Review</i>

Elaine Hadley

in Living Liberalism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226311883
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226311906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226311906.003.0004
A Frame of Mind: Signature Liberalism at the Fortnightly Review

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This chapter discusses signature liberalism published in the articles of the Fortnightly Review of mid-Victorian liberalism. The Fortnightly Review had entered the public sphere as if to transform it; its commitment to “the full and free expression of opinion,” was an effort not merely to provide a setting for the articulation of “free thought” but to refine this platitude—by a form of publication—into a specific instantiation of thought, that of individual opinion. In an era when some men could still remember living under the suspension of habeas corpus, and many more the restrictions of state censorship and the Stamp Act, when party journalism seemed to have a monopoly on print discussion, when political and social expediency seemed always to outweigh what leading liberals compulsively called “principle,” free thought and its circulation were not simply a given but practices that had to be formed and formalized.

Keywords: signature liberalism; Fortnightly Review; mid-Victorian liberalism; free thought; publications; print media; journalism; state censorship

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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