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

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

by M. Lyons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0333921267

ISBN-13: 9780333921265

Pub. Date: 07/24/2001

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK

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

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 UK
Publication date:
07/24/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >