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Imagining women readers, 1789-1820: Well-regulated minds

De Ritter


Imagining Women Readers reassesses the cultural significance of women's reading in the period 1789-1820. While much attention has been paid to the moral panic provoked by novel-reading during this period, this study offers a more progressive and enabling narrative. From the turbulent years following the French Revolution to the fiction of Jane Austen, Imagining Women Readers charts the rise of a self-regulating reader, who possesses both moral and cultural authority. It identifies how writers working in a range of genres – including conduct books, educational texts, and fiction – viewed readin ... More

Keywords: Reading, Readers, Femininity, Education, Leisure, Labour, Public, Private

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090332
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

De Ritter, author