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Author Powell, Manushag N.

Title Performing authorship in eighteenth-century English periodicals / Manushag N. Powell
Published Lanham, MD : Bucknell University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Transits : literature, thought & culture
Transits (Bucknell University)
Contents Author and Eidolon -- Early periodical cross-dressing -- Performance, masculinity, and paper wars -- Femininity and the periodical -- No animal in nature so mortal as an author, or, death and the Eidolon
Summary <Span style="font-style:italic;">Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century Periodicals discusses the English periodical and how it shapes and expresses early conceptions of authorship in the eighteenth century. Unique to the British eighteenth century, the periodical is of great value to scholars of English cultural studies because it offers a venue where authors hash out, often in extremely dramatic terms, what they think it should take to be a writer, what their relationship with their new mass-media audience ought to be, and what qualifications should act as gatekeepers to the profession. Exploring these questions in <span style="font-style:italic;">The Female Spectator, <span style="font-style:italic;">The Drury-Lane Journal, <span style="font-style:italic;">The Midwife, <span style="font-style:italic;">The World, <span style="font-style:italic;">The Covent-Garden Journal, and other periodicals of the early and mid-eighteenth century, Manushag Powell examines several "paper wars" waged between authors. At the height of their popularity, essay periodicals allowed professional writers to fashion and make saleable a new kind of narrative and performative literary personality, the eidolon, and arguably birthed a new cult of authorial personality. In <span style="font-style:italic;"> Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century Periodicals, Powell argues that the coupling of persona and genre imposes a lifespan on the periodical text; the periodicals don't only rise and fall, but are born, and in good time, they die. <br /> <br />
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English periodicals -- History -- 18th century.
English prose literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Periodicals -- Publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012012336
ISBN 1611484170 (electronic bk.)
9781611484175 (electronic bk.)