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Posted by Caroline on August 08, 1998 at 23:25:49:
In response to Fordyce's Sermons, written by Miranda on August 08, 1998 at 19:20:56
Fordyce was a minister who wrote a book of Sermons in which he indicated what women should think and do. Here's a bit lifted straight out of the Jane Austen Information pages
Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women (1766), the object of Lydia's vigorous (though hardly well-mannered) act of na´ve criticism, was a conservative work of morality, the pages of which were used by Lydia Languish's hair-dresser as hair-curling paper in Sheridan's The Rivals, and which was scored by Wollstonecraft for being insulting to women (in her Vindication of the Rights of Women -- see Kirkham).
If you want to find out more, then you can use the Search there. Alternatively, there's a conversation about Fordyce and Mary Wollstonecroft in the L&T archives..use the Search , keyword Fordyce. I hope it gives you some fun ideas!
- Thank you for your help, Caroline! NFM Miranda L. 12:22:56 8/09/98 (0)
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