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The Woman Reader

 
 
Author
Belinda Jack.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780300120455
Pages/Publication Date 329/2012
Daedalus Item Code 61546
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In a lively story rarely told, the author of George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large here explores the evolution of women's reading and the seemingly endless controversies it has inspired. Belinda Jack traces a history marked by persistent efforts to prevent women from gaining literacy or reading what they wished, in contrast with the campaigns of those who have battled for girls' access to books and education. Jack introduces us to frustrated female readers of many erasórebellious nuns who wanted to share their writings with others, 19th-century New England mill girls who risked their jobs to smuggle novels into the workplace, and women volunteers who taught literacy to women and children on convict ships bound for Australia. Today, new distinctions between male and female readers have emerged, and Jack explores such contemporary topics as burgeoning women's reading groups, differences in men and women's reading tastes, censorship of women's on-line reading in countries like Iran, the continuing struggle for girls' literacy in many poorer places, and the impact of women readers in their new status as significant movers in the world of reading. "A lively and erudite history of the many and ingenious covers thrown over women's minds to keep us in the dark," noted Jeanette Winterson in London's Times, "Jack's absorbing story describes and deconstructs the endlessly remade cover versions that men (mostly) have told to women, and to themselves, about the reasons why books and women should be kept apart."
 
 
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