Social Conduct Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Smith, Hilda L. and Susan Cardinale, compilers. Women and the Literature of the Seventeenth Century: An Annotated Bibliography based on Wing's Short-title Catalogue. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990, 332 p.

Lists books written for and by women, primarily in Britain.


Barrell, Joan and Brian Braithwait. The Business of Women's Magazines. London: Kogan Page, Ltd., 1988, 219 p.

Outlines the history of women's magazines from the early nineteenth century to the present. Also describes how such magazines functioned.

Braithwaite, Brian. Women's Magazines: The First 300 Years. London: Peter Owen, 1995, 192 p.

Describes the history of women's magazines from 1693 through 1994.

Goodare, Julian. “Women and the Witch-Hunt in Scotland.” Social History 23, No. 3 (October 1998): 288-308.

Argues that the witch-hunt era in Scotland, from 1550-1700, enforced certain standards of female behavior.

Harrington, Joel F. “The Forest for the Trees: Society and the Household in Early Modern Europe.” The Historical Journal 41, No. 4 (1998): 1161-72.

Reviews five books on the conduct of European households and marriage as related to the larger social context of their times.

Porter, Roy. English Society in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Penguin, 1982, 424 p.

Provides a social and cultural history of England.

Shevelow, Kathryn. Women and Print Culture: The Construction of Femininity in the Early Periodical. London: Routledge, 1989, 235 p.

Explores how the periodical literature targeted at a female audience in eighteenth-century Great Britain helped construct an ideal of womanhood and how women reacted. A chapter from this book is included in the entry above.