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Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism"A Tribe of Authoresses"$
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Andrew O. Winckles and Angela Rehbein

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940605

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.001.0001

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Modelling Mary Russell Mitford’s Networks

Modelling Mary Russell Mitford’s Networks

The Digital Mitford as Collaborative Database

Chapter:
(p.137) Chapter Six Modelling Mary Russell Mitford’s Networks
Source:
Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism
Author(s):

Elisa Beshero-Bondar

Kellie Donovan-Condron

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0006

This chapter features the Digital Mitford Archive’s work to construct a scholarly edition as a digital database. The chapter presents a view of the once popular and prolific Mary Russell Mitford as a writing node in a network of people and publications that shaped nineteenth-century literary and theatrical genres. The first half of the chapter applies distant reading methods to construct a model of Mitford’s correspondence network from extant records of over 2,000 letters held in public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. The chapter further investigates networks of reference within Mitford’s letters and writings from the 1820s encoded thus far in the Digital Mitford Archive, to explore which people and fictional characters Mitford discussed the most in years of career-defining productivity. The network analyses serve to highlight Mitford’s close relationships with male correspondents and her strong interest in female characters in the literature of her moment.

Keywords:   Mary Russell Mitford, correspondence, letters, network analysis, distant reading, scholarly edition, digital edition, database, literary biography, life writing

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