Gender and genre in Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson's periodical writing

Lena Wånggren*

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Despite scholarly recovery of many nineteenth-century women writers, especially those publishing mainly in periodicals, the fiction, travel writing and journalism of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson (1840 1914) are still neglected. Situating Van de Grift Stevenson in the context of late nineteenth-century US periodical culture, this article considers how many of the author s periodical writings cross not only geographical but also generic boundaries. Van de Grift Stevenson s periodical publishing appears in a variety of modes and genres, at times with journalistic material entering her fiction, domestic life including recipes inserted in her journalism, and autobiography glimpsed in both fiction and journalism. The article examines this author s transatlantic periodical writings in the context of gender and genre, noting the ways in which these categories intersect throughout her authorship. Focusing especially on the author s regional writing as seen in her non-fiction cookbook articles Ramblings of a Housewife and the short story The Warlock s Shadow , the article argues that Van de Grift Stevenson s blending of regional and domestic modes of writing presents a specific interrogation of cultural and geographical identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-539
Number of pages20
JournalThe Review of English Studies (RES)
Issue number305
Early online date23 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


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