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    Periodical personae: pseudonyms, authorship and the imagined community of Joseph Priestley’s Theological Repository

    Calè, Luisa (2006) Periodical personae: pseudonyms, authorship and the imagined community of Joseph Priestley’s Theological Repository. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 3 , ISSN 1755-1560.

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    Abstract

    ‘Anonymous and pseudonymous publication suggest that the freedom of expression and circulation of ideas depends on the ‘negation of persons in public discourse' (William Warner). Like anonymity, pseudonymity suspends the referential anchoring which ties an utterance to a person or place. Yet rather than negating the personal identity of authors, pseudonyms shield them through fictional identities which project them into alternative imagined communities. In this paper I analyse the use of pseudonyms in a dissenting periodical publication, Joseph Priestley's Theological Repository (1769-1771, 1784-1788, rpt 1795). By resisting biographical forms of identification and accountability, the journal explored, anticipated and projected its own reception.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centre: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 10:28
    Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 06:15
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124

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