By Jacqueline Pearson

The expansion of girl interpreting audiences from the mid-eighteenth century to the early Victorian period represents either an important episode in women's historical past and a hugely significant component in shaping the literary construction of the interval. This ebook bargains for the 1st time a vast evaluation and exact research of this starting to be readership, its illustration in literature, and the level of its impression. It examines either old girls readers, together with Laetitia Pilkington, Elizabeth Carter, Frances Burney and Jane Austen, and quite a lot of texts during which the determine of the girl reader is critical, from Gothic (and different) novels to behavior books and academic works, letters, journals and memoirs, political and financial works, and texts on heritage and technological know-how. Jacqueline Pearson's examine deals illuminating insights which support to make experience of the ambivalent and contradictory attitudes of the age to the major determine of the lady reader.

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