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“My Country is the World!” Margaret Coghlan’s Revolutionary Memoirs

  • Caroline Breashears
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Abstract

The Memoirs of Mrs. Coghlan has been neglected in many studies of “scandalous memoirs” due to uncertainty about the authorship. I authenticate Coghlan’s authorship and argue that she made a significant contribution to this subgenre. While previous women had alluded to politicians and national issues in their appeal memoirs, Coghlan integrates anecdotes and partisan commentary about both the American and French Revolutions into the structure of the subgenre, creating a hybrid: a political scandalous memoir. By tracing how the political context shaped her development and misfortunes, she personalizes the political and politicizes the personal. She therefore forged a path for later “scandalous” memoirists, mapping pitfalls as well as successful avenues for engaging political controversies.

Keywords

“Scandalous memoirs” Politics Margaret Coghlan Authorship American Revolution French Revolution Political scandalous memoir 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Breashears
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishSt. Lawrence UniversityCantonUSA

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