“Still, however, it is certain that young ladies should be more apt to hear than to speak“: Silence in Eighteenth Century Conduct Books for Young Women

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January 19, 2017

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XVII-XVIII

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Cornelia Dahmer, « “Still, however, it is certain that young ladies should be more apt to hear than to speak“: Silence in Eighteenth Century Conduct Books for Young Women », XVII-XVIII, ID : 10.4000/1718.748


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Les manuels de bonne conduite publiés au xviiie siècle en Angleterre et destinés aux femmes de la “middling sort” traitent de la bienséance du silence féminin, envisagé dans le cadre de la conversation policée, dans des lieux, situations et contextes d’interlocution spécifiques. Ils traitent du silence comme moyen de communication non verbal, contribuant à la transmission de messages variés, à la promotion de certaines vertus, et à la dissimulation de secrets et de défauts. Ces manières d’envisager le silence soulignent une tendance générale vers une plus grande acceptation de la parole féminine tout au long du siècle. Le besoin naissant de prendre en considération les nouveaux idéaux féminins en lien avec la question du silence a pu concourir à la popularité croissante du genre.

Eighteenth-century English language conduct books for women of the “middling sort” discuss the appropriateness of different modes and degrees of female silence in polite conversation for specific locations, situations and interlocutors. They consider silence as a non-verbal means of communication, suitable to convey diverse messages, advertise virtues, hide secrets and faults. Slightly differing attitudes towards silence voiced in different texts indicate a possible tendency towards a greater acceptance of female speech as the century progresses. The need to negotiate changing ideals of femininity such as the question of female silence may have contributed to the increasing popularity of the genre.

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