Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna Criticism - Essay

Ivanka Kovačević and S. B. Kanner (essay date September 1970)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kovačević, Ivanka and S. B. Kanner. “Blue Book Into Novel: The Forgotten Industrial Fiction of Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” Nineteenth-Century Fiction 25, no. 2 (September 1970): 152-73.

[In the following essay, Kovačević and Kanner reflect on the importance of Tonna as an author who was both “of her time and at the same time ahead of it.”]

Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, by her persistent reading of Government reports, laboured to penetrate the underground life of thousands of women hidden away in small and dirty shops. Her exhaustive treatment of so large a body of employment, unknown perhaps to all contemporary women but Harriet...

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Monica Correa Fryckstedt (essay date summer 1981)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fryckstedt, Monica Correa. “Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna & The Christian Lady's Magazine.Victorian Periodicals Review 14, no. 2 (summer 1981): 43-51.

[In the following essay, Fryckstedt examines Tonna's editorship of The Christian Lady's Magazine.]

With the exception of Wanda Fraiken Neff's stray remarks, The Christian Lady's Magazine (1834-49) has received no attention from literary scholars.1The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature merely notes that Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna was its editor from 1834 to 1846, and Alison Adburgham, E. M. Palmegiano and Ivanka Kovačević also content themselves with only a...

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Joseph Kestner (essay date fall 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kestner, Joseph. “Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna's The Wrongs of Woman: Female Industrial Protest.” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 2, no. 2 (fall 1983): 193-214.

[In the following essay, Kestner discusses the cultural and factual basis of The Wrongs of Woman.]

In the opening paragraph of his essay Chartism (1839), Thomas Carlyle warned the British public about the “Condition-of-England Question,” calling for national inquiry about social abuses:

A feeling very generally exists that the condition and disposition of the Working Classes is a rather ominous matter at present; that something ought to be...

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Deborah Kaplan (essay date spring 1985)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kaplan, Deborah. “The Woman Worker in Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna's Fiction.” Mosaic: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 18, no. 2 (spring 1985): 51-63.

[In the following essay, Kaplan explores Tonna's role in the re-conceptualization of the working class.]

“To the Victorians belongs the discovery of the woman worker as an object of pity,” Wanda Neff suggests in her now classic study of Victorian Working Women.1 Although women had always labored, the conditions of their work—indeed, the very idea of women working—began to evoke shock as well as pity in the 1830s and 1840s, in the decades in which the ideology of...

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Mary J. Corbett (essay date 1990)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Corbett, Mary J. “Feminine Authorship and Spiritual Authority in Victorian Women Writers' Autobiographies.” Women's Studies 18 (1990): 13-29.

[In the following essay, Corbett studies the influence of Tonna's evangelical Protestant views on her writing.]

In a recent book on women's autobiography, Sidonie Smith has argued that “the woman who writes autobiography is doubly estranged when she enters the autobiographical contract,” with her estrangement founded on woman's historical subordination to male discourse and on her problematic relation to a reading audience always already configured as male. By usurping the male power of speech and writing, the...

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Christine L. Krueger (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Krueger, Christine L. “Witnessing Women: Trial Testimony in Novels by Tonna, Gaskell, and Eliot.” In Representing Women: Law, Literature, and Feminism, edited by Susan S. Heinzelman and Zipporah B. Wiseman, pp. 337-55. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.

[In the following essay, Krueger offers a comparison of courtroom scenes in novels by Tonna, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot, discussing in particular the female participants' ability to negotiate self-identity in a patriarchal setting.]

“Stuff and nonsense!” said Alice loudly. “The idea of having the sentence first!”


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Patricia E. Johnson (essay date 2001)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Johnson, Patricia E. “Naming the Unnameable: Sexual Harassment in Novels of Industry.” In Hidden Hands: Working-Class Women and Victorian Social-Problem Fiction, edited by Patricia E. Johnson, pp. 45-70. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001.

[In the following excerpt, Johnson describes the elements of the Victorian social-problem novel in Helen Fleetwood, focusing especially on the work's frank depiction and criticism of England's industrial system.]

“The poor harassed girl.”

Helen Fleetwood

In Helen Fleetwood, the narrator describes the effects of factory work...

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