By Jacqueline Pearson

The expansion of girl studying audiences from the mid-eighteenth century to the early Victorian period represents either a necessary episode in women's heritage and a hugely major factor in shaping the literary creation of the interval. This ebook bargains for the 1st time a vast evaluate and specified research of this starting to be readership, its illustration in literature, and the level of its effect. It examines either historic girls readers, together with Laetitia Pilkington, Elizabeth Carter, Frances Burney and Jane Austen, and quite a lot of texts within which the determine of the girl reader is necessary, 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 feel of the ambivalent and contradictory attitudes of the age to the major determine of the girl reader.

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