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Millenium Hall (1762)

av Sarah Scott, Lady Barbara Montagu

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In 1750 at the age of twenty-seven Sarah Scott published her first novel, a conventional romance. A year later she left her husband after only a few months of marriage and devoted herself thereafter to writing and to promoting such causes as the creation of secular and separatist female communities. This revolutionary concept was given flesh in Millenium Hall, first published in 1762 and generally thought to be the finest of her six novels. The text may be seen as the manifesto of the 'bluestocking' movement--the protean feminism that arose under eighteenth-century gentry capitalism (originating in 1750, largely under the impetus of Scott's sister Elizabeth Montagu), and that rejected a world which early feminists saw symbolized in the black silk stockings demanded by formal society. It is a comment on Western society as well as on the strengths of Scott's novel that the message of Millenium Hall continues to resonate strongly more than two centuries later.… (mer)
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quite boring but i realize it's interesting to read something written in 1762. ( )
  mahallett | Oct 16, 2015 |
Published in 1762, Millennium Hall describes a utopian society of women living much more autonomously than was the norm at that time. The women of Millennium Hall are all unmarried, and the circumstances of their arrival often were related to the death of a father or other source of financial support. The novel is loosely drawn from events in author Sarah Scott's life. Scott's father failed to provide her with financial support and, after separating from her husband (an extremely rare event in those days), she lived with a close female friend as part of a community of intellectuals seeking social reform.

The novel is made up of a series of narratives telling the stories of various women at Millennium Hall. It is written in a didactic style, intended to provide "moral instruction" to the reader -- and specifically, male readers. While some of the women's stories were interesting, the preachy tone and flowery language wore on me after a while.

I read this as part of a project in the Virago Modern Classics group, to read VMCs in original order of publication. The group read helped me appreciate this book for its place in the history of women's writing, but I can't say I enjoyed it. ( )
1 rösta lauralkeet | Apr 17, 2015 |
Kelly's introduction is most worthwhile, offering contexts and critical perspective on Scott's C18 fictional female utopia and its custodians. ( )
1 rösta jstuart | Feb 12, 2006 |
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Scott, Sarahprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Montagu, Lady Barbarahuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Crittenden, Walter M.Redaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Kelly, GaryRedaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Montague-Smith, Patrickmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Spencer, JaneInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Though, when I left London, I promised to write to you as soon as i had reached my northern retreat, yet, I believe, you little expected instead of a letter to receive a volume; but I should not stand excused to myself, were I to fail communicating to you the pleasure I received in my road hither, from the sight of a society whose acquaintance I owe to one of those fortunate, though in appearance trifling, accidents, from which sometimes arise the most pleasing circumstances of our lives; for as such I must ever esteem the acquaintance of that amiable family, who have fixed their abode at a place which I shall nominate Millenium Hall, as the best adapted to the lives of the inhabitants, and to avoid giving the real name, fearing to offend that modesty which induced them to conceal their virtues in retirement.
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In 1750 at the age of twenty-seven Sarah Scott published her first novel, a conventional romance. A year later she left her husband after only a few months of marriage and devoted herself thereafter to writing and to promoting such causes as the creation of secular and separatist female communities. This revolutionary concept was given flesh in Millenium Hall, first published in 1762 and generally thought to be the finest of her six novels. The text may be seen as the manifesto of the 'bluestocking' movement--the protean feminism that arose under eighteenth-century gentry capitalism (originating in 1750, largely under the impetus of Scott's sister Elizabeth Montagu), and that rejected a world which early feminists saw symbolized in the black silk stockings demanded by formal society. It is a comment on Western society as well as on the strengths of Scott's novel that the message of Millenium Hall continues to resonate strongly more than two centuries later.

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