Kathryn Shevelow (essay date 1989)
SOURCE: “‘Fair-sexing it’: An Introduction to Periodical Literature and the Eighteenth-Century Construction of Femininity,” in Women and Print Culture: The Construction of Femininity in the Early Periodical, pp. 1-21. London: Routledge, 1989.
[In the essay below, Shevelow explores how the rise of the periodical aimed at women in early eighteenth-century Great Britain helped define them, by promoting an idealized, middle-class woman. Shevelow also relates this periodical culture to the rise of the novel.]
I'll not meddle with the Spectator—let him fair-sex it to the world's end.
(Jonathan Swift, Journal...
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