Women Writers Project Cultures of Reception


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January 2017


Women Writers in Review is a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reviews, publication notices, literary histories, and other texts responding to works by early women writers. Women Writers in Review is published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University and was created as part of the Cultures of Reception project, which was designed to investigate the discourse of reception in connection with the changing transatlantic literary landscape from 1770 to 1830.

In this visualization, each circle represents an author’s received work or a reception document about that work (i.e., a review written about the referenced work). These circles are plotted horizontally against time and grouped vertically (alphabetically) by author. Black circles indicate the first publication of a work reviewed by others; colored circles indicate receptions of those works. Each color corresponds to different degrees of favorability in their reception of the referenced work.