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The Matrimonial Trap by Laura E. Thomason
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Jul 09, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2017

I think this book is a really interesting look at the way genteel, primarily English, 18th-century women viewed marriage. While Thomason does examine several novels, most of her source material is drawn from personal correspondence. I hadn't realized that letters at this point in history were simultaneously public and private documents. People had every expectation that their letters might be circulated beyond the intended recipients, even published without their permission. In addition, European governments had begun surveillance of correspondence, often opening and examining letters. Very fascinating the way women took advantage of that dual nature of letters to do some really neat stuff with argument and with authorial voice.

Very informative read.


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May 25, 2017 – Shelved
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
July 4, 2017 – Started Reading
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
July 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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