Readers and Society in Nineteenth-century France
Workers, Women, Peasants
By (author) Martyn Lyons
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Readers and Society in Nineteenth-century France by Martyn Lyons
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333921265
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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History of Reading and Writing, Paperback (October 2009)
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Post-Revolutionary Europe, Hardback (April 2006)» View all books by Martyn Lyons
Martyn Lyons re-assesses European history between the fall of Napoleon and the Crimean War. Instead of seeing the period in traditional terms of Restoration and Reaction, this fresh account emphasizes the problems of remembering and forgetting the recent revolutionary and Napoleonic past, and of either incorporating or rejecting its legacy.
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Author Biography - Martyn Lyons
MARTYN LYONS is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of several works on French revolutionary history and on the history of the book and of reading practices, was co-author of Australian Readers Remember and a contributor to A History of Reading in the West.
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