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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies

Women Advising Women

The Collection

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts

Size: 17 reels

Call Number: MFILM N.S. 13035

Finding Guides: A detailed inventory in two volumes is available in Media-Microtexts under the call number PN 5124.W6 W66.

Content: A microfilm collection of material from the collection of the Bodleian Library, Oxford in two parts:

Part one contains early women's journals dating from 1700 through 1832. Largely based on the collection of Early Newspapers and Essayists formed by the late John Thomas Hope, it contains 40 titles chosen to represent a variety of genres, including prescriptive literature, literary journals, advice literature, tatlers, fashion journals, general instruction journals, entertainments, and political literature. The first part concludes with two miscellaneous volumes containing short runs of 181 titles published between 1801 and 1837. Among the major titles included in part one are:

  • The Ladies Cabinet, Enlarged and Opened
  • The Ladies Mercury
  • A Legacy for Ladies
  • The Female Tatler
  • The Ladies Journal
  • The Mirrour
  • The Parrot
  • The Female Spectator
  • The Wife
  • The Invisible Spy
  • The Lady's Weekly Magazine
  • The Midwife
  • The Ladies Library
  • The Student (w/ The Female Student)
  • Have at You All; or the Drury Lane Journal
  • The Spring-Garden Journal
  • The Lady's Curiosity
  • The Inspector
  • The Matrimonial Preceptor
  • The Wife
  • The Old Maid
  • The Young Lady
  • The Lady's Magazine
  • The Friend
  • An Eye on Laughter
  • The Female Guardian
  • The Pharos
  • The Female Mentor
  • The Parlour Window
  • The Masonic Mirror
  • The Ladies Monthly Museum
  • The Ladies Miscellany, or Pleasing Essays
  • Essays on the Art of Being Happy, addressed to a Young Mother
  • The Isis
  • The Scrinium
  • Essays and Letters on Important and interesting Subjects

Part two contains Advice Books, Manuals, Almanacs, and Journals, dating from 1625 through 1837, and focuses on prescriptive literature and conduct books. These include household manuals, letter-writing manuals, guidance books on marriage and bringing up children, advice books on diet, health and law, guides to the education of young women, and the descriptions of correct moral behavior. These 320 items in part two are arranged under the following thematic groupings:

  • Women's Rights & Status
  • Women's Health
  • Marriage
  • Women & the Law
  • Mothers & Daughters
  • Education
  • Religion & Morality
  • Cookery & Domestic Life
  • Letter Writing
  • Language & Literature
  • Fashion & Society
  • Almanacs for Women
  • Miscellanea

Last modified: July 14, 2006

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