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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333921265
ISBN-10: 0333921267
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 219
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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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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