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A Frame of Mind: Signature Liberalism at the Fortnightly Review

A Frame of Mind: Signature Liberalism at the Fortnightly Review

Chapter:
(p.125) Chapter Three A Frame of Mind: Signature Liberalism at the Fortnightly Review
Source:
Living Liberalism
Author(s):
Elaine Hadley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226311906.003.0004

This chapter discusses signature liberalism published in the articles of the Fortnightly Review of mid-Victorian liberalism. The Fortnightly Review had entered the public sphere as if to transform it; its commitment to “the full and free expression of opinion,” was an effort not merely to provide a setting for the articulation of “free thought” but to refine this platitude—by a form of publication—into a specific instantiation of thought, that of individual opinion. In an era when some men could still remember living under the suspension of habeas corpus, and many more the restrictions of state censorship and the Stamp Act, when party journalism seemed to have a monopoly on print discussion, when political and social expediency seemed always to outweigh what leading liberals compulsively called “principle,” free thought and its circulation were not simply a given but practices that had to be formed and formalized.

Keywords:   signature liberalism, Fortnightly Review, mid-Victorian liberalism, free thought, publications, print media, journalism, state censorship

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