Having long shared a scholarly interest in the content of 19th-century periodicals, co-authors Linda E. Connors (Drew U., US) and Mary Lu MacDonald (Canada) combined forces so thoroughly that neither one remembers who wrote which parts of this study, which concerns a time period often passed over by other histories but which they find particularly rich. They examine the periodical press to discover assumptions about national identity and then integrate these findings into the broader context of recent scholarship about British national identity. Some portions began as papers presented at meetings of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). Chapters address the topic announced in the title in terms of political and economic life, faith and religion, the prescribed identities of women and children, and colonialism, among other themes. Annotation c2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Linda E. Connors is Senior Librarian for Collections, Emerita, at Drew University, Madison, NJ. Her research and writing have centered on the early nineteenth-century periodical press in Great Britain. Mary Lu MacDonald is an independent scholar, resident in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who has written extensively on the print culture of early nineteenth-century Canada.