Social Conduct Literature Criticism: The Role Of The Press - Essay

Kathryn Shevelow (essay date 1989)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

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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Ros Ballaster, Margaret Beetham, Elizabeth Frazer, and Sandra Hebron (essay date 1991)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Ros Ballaster, Margaret Beetham, Elizabeth Frazer, and Sandra Hebron (essay date 1991)

SOURCE: “Eighteenth-Century Women's Magazines,” in Women's Worlds: Ideology, Femininity and the Woman's Magazine, pp. 43-74. London: Macmillan, 1991.

[In the following essay, the authors discuss the nature of women-oriented periodicals in the eighteenth century.]

In 1745, a correspondent to The Female Spectator wrote seeking advice from its editorial board on the respective merits of three suitors for her hand. Bellamonte opens her letter with the declaration:

Dear Female Sage, I have a vast opinion of your Wit; and...

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