Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France: Workers, Women, Peasantsby M. Lyons
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 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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 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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