By Elizabeth Eger

ISBN-10: 0521768802

ISBN-13: 9780521768801

The dialog events of the bluestockings, held to discuss modern principles in eighteenth-century Britain, have been important in encouraging girl creative fulfillment and selling hyperlinks among studying and advantage within the public mind's eye, inventing a brand new type of casual sociability that mixed the lifetime of the senses with that of the brain. This selection of essays, by means of major students within the fields of literature, heritage and paintings historical past, presents an interdisciplinary therapy of bluestocking tradition in eighteenth-century Britain. it's the first educational quantity to be aware of the wealthy visible and fabric tradition that surrounded and supported the bluestocking undertaking, from formal pics and sculptures to commercially reproduced prints. through the early 20th century, the time period 'bluestocking' got here to suggest a lifeless and dowdy highbrow girl, however the unique bluestockings inhabited a global within which brilliance used to be worth each point and girls have been inspired to polish or even dazzle.

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21–4) ‘Meteor’, ‘Spark’, the eye, the diamonds: note the satiric use of the imagery of dazzle again, as Pope targets any fashionable lady with pretensions to learning. 6 ‘To Dazzle let the Vain design’ It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of Pope for any woman attempting to gain a foothold in the republic of letters in the early eighteenth century, and his influence lingered. 7 His significance was manifold. As the dominating literary figure in Britain from around 1715 to 1740, he defined the nature of literary achievement, translating the major classics, editing Shakespeare and producing poetry on moral and political themes.

S. 20 July 1823, pp. 50–5. Paula McDowell, The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678–1730 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998). Byron, Poetical Works, vol. I, pp. 65–6. Byron, Poetical Works, vol. II, pp. 21–3. Byron, Poetical Works, vol. I, pp. 18–21. Elizabeth Hamilton, Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (Bath and London, 1800; repr. Peterborough: Broadview Press, ed. Claire Grogan, 2000). Hamilton, Memoirs of Modern Philosophers, pp. 38 and 101. Anne K.

11 Unknown artist, Mrs [Felicia] Hemans, mid-nineteenth century. Stipple engraving, 201 mm  137 mm. As long as you’re wise, and your tempers are even; But if you grow formal, or fierce, or untrue, . . Thou art changed; And Love’s self at the changing looks blue. Seize the occasion then. 12 Daniel Maclise, Regina’s Maids of Honour, published in Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country XIII, January 1836. Lithograph, 159 mm  233 mm. Are gentle, remain so; and you, who would steady Your natures, and mend them, and make out your call To be men’s best companions, be such, once for all.

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