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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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Constructing Women’s History in the Lady’s Museum

Constructing Women’s History in the Lady’s Museum

(p.53) 3 Constructing Women’s History in the Lady’s Museum
Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s

Anna K. Sagal

Edinburgh University Press

Katie Sagal’s essay takes up Charlotte Lennox’s groundbreaking periodical, the Lady’s Museum (1760–1), and shows how it cultivated populations of women as both learners and teachers simultaneously, offering a ‘comprehensive educational recourse’ to all of its readers. The Lady’s Museum, argues Sagal, had a pointedly feminist approach based in its unusual handling of history, which it envisions as enmeshed with the genre of romance. For Lennox, who arranges both available histories by others as well as her own translations of such works as The History of Bianca Capello and the Memoirs of the Duke of Sully, the value of history reading is less for its facts than in the way it can open up new worlds and possibilities to its readers, especially for women and especially when merged with the more frequently feminocentric genre of romance.

Keywords:   Charlotte Lennox, Lady’s Museum, Bianca Capello, Duke of Sully, history writing, women’s education, romance writing

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