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"Fill Up His Blanks": Making Matthew Montagu

Coulombeau, Sophie 2018. "Fill Up His Blanks": Making Matthew Montagu. Huntington Library Quarterly 81 (4) , pp. 537-571. 10.1353/hlq.2018.0027

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Abstract

This essay provides the first detailed examination of Elizabeth Montagu's adoption of her nephew Matthew Robinson, and of her subsequent attempts to cultivate him as the ideal heir. It considers, in turn, Matthew's adoption, his education, his training in estate paternalism, and his political career in the House of Commons. It provides a case study of the ways in which eighteenth-century women could exert a familial, moral, discursive, and material authority that had significant repercussions for the formation and construction of masculinity. It also examines the discomfort that the exertion of such authority might generate within the social and professional circles of such women and their male subordinates—especially when their relationship was an instance of "fictive kinship."

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: University of California Press
ISSN: 0018-7895
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 17 December 2014
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 17:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/77269

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