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

Part 4: The Lady's Magazine, 1801-1832

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, women's writing, and literature in the age of Jane Austen.

Part 4 offers a complete run of The Lady's Magazine from 1801 to 1832, when it merged with La Belle Assemblée.  This has been pieced together from copies held at Birmingham Central Libraries, the British Library, and Cambridge University Library, as no library holds a complete set.  During this period the editors noticed a dramatic change in the aspirations and interests of women: "Women have completely abandoned all attempts to shine in the political horizon, and now seek only to exercise their virtues in domestic retirement." (Feb 1825). Did this truly reflect a change in the position of women in society?

The Lady's Magazine combined advice, poetry, short stories, reader's letters, criticism, news, fashion reports and articles on leading women of the day.  It is a major source for scholars of gender studies and for all those interested in:

  • Women and Romanticism.
  • Gothic tales and popular readership.
  • Role models, conversation, sensibility and politeness.
  • The education of women and the cult of appearances.
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