Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France: Workers,Women,Peasants

Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France: Workers,Women,Peasants

by Martyn Lyons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0333921267

ISBN-13: 9780333921265

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

In the nineteenth century, the reading public expanded to embrace new categories of consumers, especially of cheap fiction. These new lower-class and female readers frightened liberals, Catholics and republicans alike. The study focuses on workers, women and peasants, and the ways in which their reading was constructed as a social and political problem, to analyse the…  See more details below

Overview

In the nineteenth century, the reading public expanded to embrace new categories of consumers, especially of cheap fiction. These new lower-class and female readers frightened liberals, Catholics and republicans alike. The study focuses on workers, women and peasants, and the ways in which their reading was constructed as a social and political problem, to analyse the fear of reading in nineteenth century France. The author presents a series of case-studies of actual readers, to examine their choices and their practices, and to evaluate how far they responded to (or subverted) attempts at cultural domination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333921265
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction The New Readers of Nineteenth-Century France Reading Workers: Libraries for the People Reading Workers: Improvisation and Resistance Reading Women: From Emma Bovary to the New Woman Reading Women: Defining a Space of Her Own Reading Peasants: The Pragmatic Uses of the Written Word Reading Classes and Dangerous Classes Appendix A: Popular Uses of the Book in Early Twentieth-Century France Appendix B: Thirty Works for Peasant Readers Bibliography Index

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