English fellow examines 18th-Century personal ad
October 04, 2012
Dr, Margaret France, a visting fellowship instructor in English, presents her research on an 18th-Century personal ad.
In 1759, an anonymous 22-year-old woman placed an advertisement for a husband in the London Daily Advertiser that inspired an unusual sequel: a pamphlet purporting to collect her responses. Exploring the context of this woman's actions and the letters themselves reveals surprisingly familiar attitudes regarding matrimony and the dangers of virtual social networks.