Memorials of Harriet Martineau by Maria Weston Chapman, Edited by Dr. Deborah A. Logan

Dr. Deborah Logan is a nothing short of an expert when it comes to Harriet Martineau, a 19th century British Victorian writer. She has had 24 different books published on the writer, including a variety of editions of Martineau’s work, collections, and monographs.

Dr. Logan’s interest in Martineau first began when she studied her in graduate school. Martineau’s work contains undertones of early feminist thought covering a range of genres, including interdisciplinary studies, periodicals, and opinion pieces. When Dr. Logan first discovered Martineau’s, she found her work enthralling to study.

This interest that was sparked in graduate school would follow Dr. Logan throughout the majority of her professional career. Studying Martineau extensively, Dr. Logan once received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to further her research on the author’s known letters, which at the time consisted of a collection of about 3,000. Dr. Logan compiled these letters in a collection of 5 volumes. When more letters were discovered, Dr. Logan published them in another collection.

The new book that Dr. Logan has had published is an edition of Maria Weston Chapman’s biography of Martineau. Chapman and Martineau worked together during the abolition movement; it was for this friendship that Martineau asked Chapman to write her biography. During the 2015 fall semester, while teaching abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, Dr. Logan gave a lecture on Martineau and Chapman’s relationship, how they represented global citizenship, and her edition of Chapman’s biography.

Dr. Logan has also been working on a book about The Indian Ladies Magazine, a magazine owned, published, and written by a woman in India during the early 1900s. Dr. Logan found the magazine interesting because it is a revealing case of an Indian woman who was the head of her household and held a great deal of power, a contrasting image to the stereotypical Indian female.

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