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Becoming a woman in the age of letters

Author: Dena Goodman
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009.
Series: Cornell paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 18th century France, letter writing became extremely fashionable, particularly amongst women. In this work, Dena Goodman opens up the world of these women though the letters which they wrote. Concentrating on the letters of four women from different social backgrounds, she shows how they came to womanhood through their writing.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dena Goodman
ISBN: 9780801447617 0801447615 9780801475450 0801475457 1679754602 9781679754609
OCLC Number: 271648178
Description: xi, 386 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Picturing the subject : portrait of a lady as letter writer --
Designing an education for young ladies --
Writing as discipline : instruction in penmanship and orthography --
Epistolary education : learning to be natural --
Supplying the female letter writer --
The writing desk : furniture of the modern self --
Coming of age : young ladies, privacy, and epistolary practice --
Epistolary reasoning : writing about marriage --
Marriage, motherhood, and the letter-writing woman.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks.
Responsibility: Dena Goodman.

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Over the course of the eighteenth century, increasing numbers of French women, from the wives and daughters of artisans and merchants to countesses and queens, became writers-not authors, and not  Read more...

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