Through the Reading Glass: Women, Books, and Sex in the french Enlightenment

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Argues that women's relationship to books and their promotion of reading contributed greatly to the cultural and intellectual vitality of the Enlightenment.
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Suellen Diaconoff is Professor of French at Colby College. She is the author of Eros and Power in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”: A Study in Evil.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Reading Glass and the Politics of Virtue

1. Female Readers and l'espace du livre: A Quiet Revolution

2. Autobiography and Rereading
Manon Roland, 1754—1793

3. The Romance as Transformative Reading
Félicité de Genlis, 1746—1830

4. The Project of Desire: Constructing Reader and Reading
Isabelle de Charrière, 1740—1805

5. Reading Rape in the Culture Wars of the Eighteenth Century
Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni, 1713—1792

6. Books, Sex, and Reading the Fairy Tale
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, 1685—1755
Jeanne Leprince de Beaumont, 1711—1780

7. The Periodical Print Press for Women: An Enlightenment Forum for Females

Conclusion: The "Other" Revolution

Notes

Bibliography

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