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The Woman Reader 1837–1914$
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Kate Flint

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198121855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121855.001.0001

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Reading in the Periodical Press

Reading in the Periodical Press

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(p.137) 7 Reading in the Periodical Press
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The Woman Reader 1837–1914
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Kate Flint

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121855.003.0007

This chapter examines the ways in which reviews and articles served to consolidate Victorian and Edwardian assumptions about women as readers. In the case of magazine articles — apart from those which offered practical advice about methods of reading — women readers were encountered in a number of guises. First, they formed a frequent category of reference or appeal in book reviews. Second, types of the woman reader appear in many chatty, conversational articles. Third are those articles which claimed to investigate precisely what girls or women were reading. And finally, the question of access to suitable reading material for working-class women, particularly in cities, leads into the way in which women’s reading practices were considered as part of the whole debate about how best to set up facilities in public libraries. In all of this, the different audiences for periodicals are presented with a variety of assumptions about the woman reader, deriving from, and in their turn serving different social and ideological stances.

Keywords:   women, reading, women readers, periodicals, reviews, cities, public libraries

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