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

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Title: Women and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century England : Bodies, Identities, and Power
Author: Ylivuori, Soile
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2018
Language: eng
ISBN: 9780429454431
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429454431
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312108
Abstract: 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.
Description: This title is published in Open Access with the support of the University of Helsinki.
Subject (ysa): femininity
body image
identity (mental objects)
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Usage restriction: openAccess

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