Jane Austen and Conduct Books (Oh, behave yourself)

Today, over at What Jane Austen Didn’t Tell Us, Gene Gill discusses conduct books — such as Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women — that  were popular popular in Austen’s time.

Conduct books that defined what society believed were acceptable and desirable behaviors for young women were enormously popular in the 18th century. The majority of such manuals were written by men to help fathers and husbands in the instruction of their daughters and wives.  Continue reading…



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