Through the Reading Glass

Through the Reading Glass

Women, Books, and Sex in the French Enlightenment

eBook - 2005
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"Through the Reading Glass explores the practices and protocols that surrounded women's reading in eighteenth-century France. Looking at texts as various as fairy tales, memoirs, historical romances, short stories, love letters, novels, and the pages of the new female periodical press. Suellen Diaconoff shows how a reading culture, one in which books, sex, and acts of reading were richly and evocatively intertwined, was constructed for and by women. Diaconoff proposes that the underlying discourse of virture found in womens's work was both an empowering strategy, intended to create new kinds of responsible and not merely responsive readers, and an integral part of the conviction that domestic reading does not have to be trivial.
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781423744085
142374408X
Characteristics: vii, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: NetLibrary, Inc

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