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Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France

Workers, Women, Peasants

Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France by Martyn Lyons
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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.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2001
224 pages; ISBN 9780230287808
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Title: Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France
Author: Martyn Lyons
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