Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity
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Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity

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This anthology gathers together various texts by and about women, ranging from conduct' manuals to pamphlets on prostitution, from medical texts to critical definitions of women's writing, from anti-female satires to appeals for female equality. By making this material more widely available, Women in the Eighteenth Century complements the current upsurge in feminist writin...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 24th 1990 by Routledge (first published April 26th 1990)
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Jennifer Uhlich
I have not had this much pleasure out of a book in a long time.

While really the title should be Mostly Upper-Class, Mostly British Women in the Eighteenth Century, within those borders lies a whole wealth of weirdness. There are some choice pieces in here; I've got quotes from it scribbled everywhere. For those who, like me, had a rather perfunctory intro to Women's Studies--a quick stop at Wollstonecraft and straight on to the late 19th century--this book is excellent at showing that she was ju...more
Susan
This is really a great introductory anthology for people who are new to studying the didactic and conduct literature of the long eighteenth century. Jones has excerpted the most famous passages by some of the most famous writers in the genre, making this a wonderful first step to understanding the constructs of social femininity in the upper-class, Christian household.
Matt Miles
This book provides insight into 18th century literature through selections on women, how they were expected to conduct themselves, and criticisms of their limitations in that era. It's a reminder of how far society has come and, unfortunately, how far we still haven't.
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