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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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The Citational Network of Tighe, Porter, Barbauld, Lefanu, Morgan, and Hemans

The Citational Network of Tighe, Porter, Barbauld, Lefanu, Morgan, and Hemans

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(p.196) Chapter Seven The Citational Network of Tighe, Porter, Barbauld, Lefanu, Morgan, and Hemans
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Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism
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Harriet Kramer Linkin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0007

This essay looks at five Romantic-era women writers who invoke Mary Tighe in their works by name, quotation, or epigraph--Anna Maria Porter, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Alicia Lefanu, Lady Morgan, and Felicia Hemans--to consider what these invocations suggest about lines of affiliation, the construction of aesthetic communities, and attempts to shape or forecast reception. It argues that these woman writers create a citational network through the figure and work of Mary Tighe, to call attention to her significance and therein establish their own histories of influence and reception. Their citational practices produce a more expansive version of what Gerard Genette designates the ‘epigraph effect’ in Paratexts, affording opportunities for writers to signal their place in a cultural tradition, to acknowledge or choose their peers and predecessors, and to proleptically instantiate their consecration in a particular literary pantheon. They effectively create a canon of their own by building citational networks.

Keywords:   Mary Tighe, Anna Maria Porter, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Alicia Lefanu, Lady Morgan, Felicia Hemans, Influence, Reception, Community, Aesthetics

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