LADY MARY MONTAGU: The Turkish Embassy Letters Topics to be covered today: 1) EPISTOLARY POLITICS Question: Although Montagu intended for her letters to be published, she maintains the EPISTOLARY FORM in the address to her "Dear Sister." Why? To what effect? 2) PUBLIC/PRIVATE (SUBJECT) MATTERS Question: How does the content of the letters illustrate Montagu's placement "poised rather precariously between the private and the public realms of personal talk and literary art" (Gardner 2)? Consider the description of the Turkish carriage and her entrance into the various rooms of the bathhouse. 3) ACCESS/AUTHORITY AND WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE Question: How does Montagu's gender shape her literary or observational authority in the text? Consider her references to "our voyage writers" and to "Mr. Gervase" the painter.