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The Politics of Paradise: Insurrection, Sunday Schools, and Elizabeth Vesey’s Dragon

Emma Major

in Madam Britannia

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199699377
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699377.003.0006
The Politics of Paradise: Insurrection, Sunday Schools, and Elizabeth Vesey’s Dragon

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This chapter explores a series of communities. It begins by thinking about ways in which Elizabeth Montagu’s bluestocking assemblies represented a specific type of polite, Anglican sociability, one that made claims about the progress and degree of civilisation attained by Britain in the 1770s. Many writers were asking questions about what kind of community Britain might represent, and during the 1770s and 1780s there was a marked rise in interest in the Church and more generally in society in the promotion of national virtue through Sabbatarianism, Sunday schools, and societies for the promotion of religious virtue. The chapter then explores the ways in which the American War of Independence and the Gordon Riots fostered a sense of community amongst Montagu’s circle of correspondents, making public events private concerns.

Keywords: conversation; bluestocking; enlightenment; society; Gordon Riots; American Independence; sunday schools; Sabbatarianism; public; private

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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