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WOMEN ADVISING WOMEN
Advice Books, Manuals and Journals for Women, 1450-1837

Part 1: Early Women's Journals, c.1700-1832, from the Bodleian Library, Oxford

This path-breaking project brings together early women's journals, ephemeral publications and didactic literature.  It will be invaluable for all those studying the history of women, family life, material culture, metropolitan and provincial culture, 18th century literature, taste and Romanticism.

Part 1 focusses on women's periodicals during the long 18th century, 1690-1830, including:

  • The Ladies's Mercury (1693) - "the very first periodical for women."
  • The Female Tatler (1709-1710) - so outspoken that it invoked a Grand Jury indictment.
  • The Female Spectator (1744-1746) and three other short-lived journals edited by Eliza Haywood.
  • The Female Mentor (1793) - full of reader's letters on topics such as 'fashionable sensibility.'
  • The Lady's Miscellany (1793), a literary magazine with discussion of Edgeworth, More and other writers, poetry, essays and gothic tales.

 

Victorian Library

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Editorial introduction
Digital Guide
 
 
 
 
 
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