Abstract

This essay identifies two new devices in the early eighteenth-century essay periodical, rhetorical femininity and the family metaphor. The argument traces the relationship between and utility of these devices in constructing the essay periodical genre, exploring their roles in shaping eighteenth-century ideas about femininity, family, and the public sphere. The analysis focuses on three early imitators of SteeleÕs Tatler: the Tatling Harlot, the Whisperer, and the Female Tatler.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 283-300
Launched on MUSE
2005-01-27
Open Access
No
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