Imagining Women Readers, 1789-1820

Imagining Women Readers, 1789-1820 Well-Regulated Minds

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Imagining women readers reassesses the cultural significance of women's reading in the period 1789-1820. From the turbulent years following the French Revolution to the fiction of Jane Austen, this book charts the rise of a self-regulating reader, who possesses both moral and cultural authority. Rather than an unproductive leisure activity, for the writers discussed in this study the act of reading is crucial to imagining forms of female participation in national life. The book thus offers a unique perspective on the relationship between reading, education and the construction of femininity, shedding new light on the work of some of the most celebrated women writers of the period. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in the history and representation of reading, and in women's writing of this period more generally.

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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719090332
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 820.9928709033
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 232
Weight: 460g
Height: 231mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 23mm