Harriet Martineau

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Harriet Martineau who, from a non-conformist background in Norwich, became one of the best known writers in the C19th. She had a wide range of interests and used a new, sociological method to observe the world around her, from religion in Egypt to slavery in America and the rights of women everywhere. She popularised writing about economics for those outside the elite and, for her own popularity, was invited to the coronation of Queen Victoria, one of her readers.

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  • Valerie Sanders No other episodes
    Professor of English at the University of Hull
  • Karen O'Brien 16 episodes
    Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford
  • Ella Dzelzainis No other episodes
    Lecturer in 19th Century Literature at Newcastle University

Reading list

  • Intellectual Women and Victorian Patriarchy: Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot
    Deirdre David (Palgrave Macmillan, 1987) Google Books →
  • Harriet Martineau: Authorship, Society and Empire
    Ella Dzelzainis and Cora Kaplan (eds.) (Manchester University Press, 2010) Google Books →
  • Literary Celebrity, Gender and Victorian Authorship, 1850-1914
    Alexis Easley (University of Delaware, 2011) Google Books →
  • Harriet Martineau: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives
    Michael R. Hill and Susan Hoecker-Drysdale (eds) (Routledge, 2003) Google Books →
  • Harriet Martineau and the Poetics of Moralism
    Shelagh Hunter (Scolar Press, 1996)
  • Harriet Martineau, Victorian Imperialism and the Civilizing Mission
    Deborah A. Logan (Routledge, 2009) Google Books →
  • The Hour and the Woman: Harriet Martineau's "Somewhat Remarkable" Life
    Deborah Anna Logan (Northern Illinois University Press, 2002) Google Books →
  • Autobiography
    Harriet Martineau (ed. Linda H. Peterson) (Broadview Press, 2006) Google Books →
  • Deerbrook: A Novel
    Harriet Martineau (ed. Valerie Sanders) (Penguin Classics, 2004) Google Books →
  • Illustrations of Political Economy: Selected Tales
    Harriet Martineau (ed. Deborah Logan) (Broadview Press, 2004) Google Books →
  • Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain
    Karen O'Brien (Cambridge University Press, 2009) Google Books →
  • Reason over Passion: Harriet Martineau and the Victorian Novel
    Valerie Sanders (Palgrave Macmillan, 1986) Google Books →
  • Harriet Martineau and the Birth of Disciplines: Nineteenth-century Intellectual Powerhouse
    Valerie Sanders and Gaby Weiner (eds.) (Routledge, 2016) Google Books →
  • Harriet Martineau: A Radical Victorian
    R. K. Webb (Columbia University Press, 1960) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, Harriet Martineau was one of the most prolific and famous writers of the 19th century.