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Time, Space, and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century British Diary

Authors: Steinitz, R.

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Through close examinations of diaries, diary publication, and diaries in fiction, this book explores how the diary's construction of time and space made it an invaluable and effective vehicle for the dominant discourses of the period; it also explains how the genre evolved into the feminine, emotive, private form we continue to privilege today.

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REBECCA STEINITZ Associate Professor of English atLesley University, Massachusetts,USA.

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"In this well-researched and cogently organized book, Steinitz gives us nineteenth-century diaries in manuscript and print, fact and fiction. Actual diaries were often shared among intimates, kept with equal assiduity by men and women, and invested in both introspection and external observation. Fiction feminized the diary, depicting it as a private repository of feeling that could then become a narrative device for disclosing secrets. Filled with excellent insights about an impressive range of materials, this is the most comprehensive study of the British nineteenth-century diary to date." - Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor, Columbia University and author of Between Women: Friendship, Desire and Marriage in Victorian England

"Steinitz s study of the nineteenth-century British diary, and of the widely varied uses to which diarists, novelists, and cultural panjandrums put the genre, is impressively panoptic and tightly focused all at once. You ll be struck by how many diarists Steinitz manages to zoom in on, and instructed by how much sense she makes of them, revealing, among much else, that the form s powers as a cultural practice often doomed its practitioners to a sense of failure; that its operations over space as well as time rendered it indispensable both as a figure for expanding empire, and as a hedge against the unprecedented social and physical change impelled by that expansion; and finally, in the book s most sustained argument, that the still-familiar conceptual link between diaries and the feminine was widely promulgated precisely because it concealed a more intricate and inconvenient truth about the genre s practical androgyny. Steinitz accomplishes all this with such prestidigital dexterity that while it s hard to see exactly how she does it, it s easy to savor how well." - Stuart Sherman, author of Telling Time: Clocks, Calendars, and English Diurnal Form, 1600-1795


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Steinitz, Rebecca

    Pages 1-10

  • Elizabeth Barrett, the Abandoned Diary, and the Challenge of Time

    Steinitz, Rebecca

    Pages 13-38

  • Arthur Munby, the Endless Diary, and the Promise of Space

    Steinitz, Rebecca

    Pages 39-75

  • Family, Gender, and the Intimate Diary

    Steinitz, Rebecca

    Pages 77-106

  • The Politics of Publication

    Steinitz, Rebecca

    Pages 109-154

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Time, Space, and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century British Diary
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33960-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230339606
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11586-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29695-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 272
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