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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820sThe Long Eighteenth Century$
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Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.001.0001

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Periodicals and the Problem of Women’s Learning

Periodicals and the Problem of Women’s Learning

(p.25) 1 Periodicals and the Problem of Women’s Learning
Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s

James Robert Wood

Edinburgh University Press

One of the questions published in the 23 May 1691 issue of The Athenian Mercury (1690-7) was ‘Whether it be proper for Women to be Learned?’ In this essay, James Wood takes the question of the propriety of women's education and the learned woman as a lens through which to read a selection of periodicals and magazines from the 1690s to the 1820s. Through detailed case studies of the Ladies’ Diary (1704–1841), Ladies Mercury (1693), Female Tatler (1709–10), Female Spectator (1744–6), Lady’s Museum (1760–6), and Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832), Wood elucidates how periodicals offer unique insights into: how women participated in the wider culture of learning across the long eighteenth century; how learning was incorporated into women’s lives; how women’s learning was understood and variously negotiated by the periodical press; and the role that gender difference played in what in meant to be learned across the long eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Ladies’ Diary, Athenian Mercury, Ladies Mercury, Female Tatler, Female Spectator, Lady’s Museum, women’s education, learned women, periodicals

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