Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France

Workers, Women, Peasants

  • Martyn Lyons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Martyn Lyons
    Pages 100-128
  3. Martyn Lyons
    Pages 156-161
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 162-208

About this book


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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Authors and affiliations

  • Martyn Lyons
    • 1
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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