Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835

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Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835

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By November 1822, the British reading public had already voraciously consumed both Walter Scott’s expensive novels and Rudolf Ackermann’s exquisite lithographs. The next decade, referred to by some scholars as dormant and unproductive, is in fact bursting with Forget Me Nots, Friendship’s Offerings, Keepsakes, and Literary Souvenirs. By wrapping literature, poetry, and art into an alluring package, editors and publishers saturated the market with a new, popular, and best-selling genre, the literary annual. In Forget Me Not, Katherine D. Harris assesses the phenomenal rise of the annual and its origins in other English, German, and French literary forms as well as its social influence on women, its redefinition of the feminine, and its effects on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century print culture. Harris adopts an interdisciplinary approach that uses textual and social contexts to explore a forum of subversive femininity, where warfare and the masculine hero were not celebrated.

ISBN

978-0-8214-2136-9

Publication Date

5-1-2015

Publisher

Ohio University Press

City

Athens, Ohio

Keywords

Victorian studies

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Literature in English, British Isles

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Katherine D. Harris

Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835

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