Eighteenth-Century British Periodicals Criticism: The Rise Of Periodicals - Essay

John Calhoun Stephens (essay date 1982)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Introduction to The Guardian, The University Press of Kentucky, 1982, pp. 1-36.

[In following excerpt, Stephens traces the history of Addison and Steele's periodical the Guardian,emphasizing its involvement in politics as the cause of its demise.]

If The Spectator had not existed, The Guardian might outrank all periodicals of this kind.

George Sherburn

Of the numerous literary periodicals produced in the eighteenth century, none have been more famous than the Tatler, the Spectator, and the Guardian, in which Addison and Steele brought the familiar...

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Kathryn Shevelow (essay date 1989)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “Gender Specialization and the Feminine Curriculum: The Periodical for Women,” in Women and Print Culture: The Construction of Femininity in the Early Periodical, Routledge, 1989, pp. 146-74, 186-90, 220-23, 226.

[In the excerpt that follows, Shevelow surveys periodicals targeted at women readers, tracing their evolution in the course of the eighteenth century and examining the means by which they defined themselves and their audiences.]

Richard Steele announced in Spectator No. 66 his intention to devote the issue to a critique of the child-rearing practices of his day, with particular emphasis upon the education of girls. Using his familiar...

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