Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2015

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719090332

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Imagining Women Readers, 1789-1820

Well-regulated minds

Richard Ritter

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Imagining Women Readers offers a critical re-appraisal of the significance of the female reader in the period 1789-1820
  • It bridges the gap between recent work on the history of reading, literary analysis and feminist scholarship on the discursive construction of femininity
  • Drawing upon a diverse range of writing, it identifies how the seemingly domestic occupation of reading was frequently depicted through the language of the public, rather than the private, sphere
  • It suggests that rather than being a wasteful and indulgent leisure activity, reading offered women a virtuous mode of symbolic labour
  • It complicates the widely held perception that reading was considered a 'dangerous' occupation, by drawing attention to the ways in which it conferred moral and cultural authority on women

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