Women and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century England: Bodies, Identities, and Power

1st Edition

Soile Ylivuori

Published October 23, 2018
Reference - 296 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138318663 - CAT# K391551
Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Cultures and Societies


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This first in-depth study of women’s politeness examines the complex relationship individuals had with the discursive ideals of polite femininity. Contextualising women’s autobiographical writings (journals and letters) with a wide range of eighteenth-century printed didactic material, it analyses the tensions between politeness discourse which aimed to regulate acceptable feminine identities and women’s possibilities to resist this disciplinary regime. Ylivuori focuses on the central role the female body played as both the means through which individuals actively fashioned themselves as polite and feminine, and the supposedly truthful expression of their inner status of polite femininity.

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