'Be but a little deaf and blind ... and happiness you'll surely find': Marriage in Eighteenth-Century Magazines for Women

Batchelor, Jennie E (2018) 'Be but a little deaf and blind ... and happiness you'll surely find': Marriage in Eighteenth-Century Magazines for Women. In: DiPlacidi, Jenny and Leydecker, Karl, eds. After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century: Literature, Law and Society. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 107-127. ISBN 978-3-319-60097-0. E-ISBN 978-3-319-60098-7. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60098-7_6) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter refocuses common perceptions of eighteenth-century marriage through the lens of eighteenth-century women’s magazines. It demonstrates that the miscellanies’ dialogic character produced a view of married life both richer and more complex than that found in any other textual form in the period. Working against conventional scholarship that positions titles such as The Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832) as conduct books by another name, this chapter instead suggests that magazines’ interactive formats ensures that their concerns were not easily reducible to particular agendas or conventional wisdoms. Early women’s magazines present the bourgeois domestic ideal with which they have so long been erroneously associated with marked scepticism and enjoin their readers to navigate its myriad challenges and grim realities with pragmatism, imagination and wit.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Jennie Batchelor
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 21:45 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 09:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44945 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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