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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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‘[T]o cherish Female ingenuity, and to conduce to Female improvement’: The Birth of the Woman’s Magazine

‘[T]o cherish Female ingenuity, and to conduce to Female improvement’: The Birth of the Woman’s Magazine

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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s
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Jennie Batchelor

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0025

Despite the much-documented rise of periodical studies, no major study of the late eighteenth-century women’s magazine exists. Those who have devoted specific attention to the form, either as an epilogue to studies of the essay periodical or as a prelude to the Victorian women’s magazine, commonly misrepresent it. In this chapter, Jennie Batchelor interrogates these oversights and distortions and offers a reassessment the women’s magazine in relation to the periodical genres in whose company the magazine is often considered a poor relation. The chapter proceeds with an extended consideration of one of the women’s magazine’s earliest and most influential examples – the Lady’s Magazine (1770–1832) in relation to earlier ladies’ magazines and periodical forerunners such as Charlotte Lennox’s Lady’s Museum (1760–1). Revealing the multiple ways in which the magazine demonstrated its commitment to women’s education, Batchelor challenges accounts that have seen eighteenth-century women’s magazines as the beginning of the end for their female readers and that have erroneously associated the genre with a uniformly and oppressively conservative gender ideology.

Keywords:   Lady’s Magazine, education, Lady’s Museum, essay periodical, education, Charlotte Lennox, gender, women’s magazine

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