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The Woman Reader This lively story has never been told before the complete history of women s reading and the ceaseless controversies it has inspired Belinda Jack s groundbreaking volume travels from the Cro Magnon ca

  • Title: The Woman Reader
  • Author: Belinda Jack
  • ISBN: 9780300197204
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Woman Reader By Belinda Jack, This lively story has never been told before the complete history of women s reading and the ceaseless controversies it has inspired Belinda Jack s groundbreaking volume travels from the Cro Magnon cave to the digital bookstores of our time, exploring what and how women of widely differing cultures have read through the ages.Jack traces a history marked by persistent effThis lively story has never been told before the complete history of women s reading and the ceaseless controversies it has inspired Belinda Jack s groundbreaking volume travels from the Cro Magnon cave to the digital bookstores of our time, exploring what and how women of widely differing cultures have read through the ages.Jack traces a history marked by persistent efforts to prevent women from gaining literacy or reading what they wished She also recounts the counter efforts of those who have battled for girls access to books and education The book introduces frustrated female readers of many eras Babylonian princesses who called for women s voices to be heard, rebellious nuns who wanted to share their writings with others, confidantes who challenged Reformation theologians writings, nineteenth 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.

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    1. Recently, in The New York Review of Books, Elaine Blair wrote, Our American male novelists, I suspect, are worried about being unloved as writers specifically by the female reader This is the larger humiliation looming behind the many smaller fictional humiliations of their heroes, and we can see it in the way the characters rituals of self loathing are tacitly performed for the benefit of an imagined female audience The novelists she uses to illustrate her trenchant and entertaining theory are [...]

    2. This book wasn t terrible, but it was terribly boring I stuck with it all the way through, from the saga of Hilga, who read both the books available in Carolingian Europe, through the story of the modern day Causeries du Lundi, North America s most snobby and elite book club I kept thinking it would get better, because, women and literature, right I like both women and literature a lot, but it turns out that the academic study of the two together is deadly boring The book wasn t without interest [...]

    3. I think I wanted a different book This isn t a bad book really but I got quite frustrated with it, I wrongly assumed a greater scope on the history of women readers and started this with gusto I m afraid I got bored of the earlier history, lots and lots about the bible Interesting enough at first but then it started to grate on me Still I stuck with it waiting to get to the good bit the 20th century woman reader And after reading about the bible, nuns and the advent of the printing press actual [...]

    4. This was Book Love at first sight A book about the history of reading from a female perspective I was at the fabulous West End Lane bookshop in West Hampstead, one of my all time favourite bookshops and although it usually takes me an absolute age to decide which book to pick in, this time I was at the till after barely completing the first page This is a true Book to Treasure In The Woman Reader, Belinda Jack chronicles over forty centuries of reading and the many, many challenges to female lit [...]

    5. Interesting, but a bit scattered, general, and not as academic as I hoped for Odd that Tale of Genji isn t discussed until long after its composition, and Murasaki isn t mentioned at all surely she was a reader, too Far about British readers writers than anyone else chapter on American attitudes is very general Too bad Jack couldn t explore the ways in which ereaders keep private what one is reading which is one reason romance readers were early adopters after all, a woman might be reading some [...]

    6. As author Belinda Jack shows us in her book, The Woman Reader, the evolution of women as readers has been a long and uneven one There is little known about the earliest women readers and most of what is known is due to women s own records of what they were reading Not surprising, most early women readers were from wealthy families However, what is surprising is how many of these early readers taught their sons and their daughters to read, recommended reading lists even as theses children became [...]

    7. This was Book Love at first sight A book about the history of reading from a female perspective I was at the fabulous West End Lane bookshop in West Hampstead, one of my all time favourite bookshops and although it usually takes me an absolute age to decide which book to pick in, this time I was at the till after barely completing the first page This is a true Book to Treasure In The Woman Reader, Belinda Jack chronicles over forty centuries of reading and the many, many challenges to female lit [...]

    8. I received this from the First Reads program last year and after reading it for a while I put it aside with the intention of coming back in a few months However, since it s been close to a year since I last picked it up, I have decided to shelve as DNF.The concept of this book is great It s a history of women s literacy throughout history from Ancient Babylon and Greece through the present I got partway thru Chapter 7 which was around the 17th century IIRC However, it didn t hold my attention as [...]

    9. The Woman Reader by Barbara Jack traces the history of women s literacy, both reading and writing, from the earliest records to the present day It s a truly gripping story which encompasses all of gender history because the way that women have been able to express themselves in reading and writing has had profound echoes on everything they were able to accomplish Jack presents countless examples of women who re wrote the rules on what women were allowed to say in public amazing women who stood u [...]

    10. This is an obviously extremely well researched book detailing the history of women as readers and writers from pre BC right through to current times It details the growth of education for girls and the popularity of reading groups through the ages There is much detail about the types of censorship which were tried in different countries and continents, the political ramifications and the literacy levels throughout the times along with the types of books which were being read by women and how we [...]

    11. Excellent scholarly study of women and reading, starting from the earliest times and dwelling significantly on the middle ages I was pleased to see some coverage of Asian, Jewish, and Muslim women readers, though these areas definitely need exploration The emphasis is on European and especially the British Isles, with finely detailed information culled from many archives and original documents This is the most comprehensive study on Western women readers up to the 19th century After that, the e [...]

    12. Alla fine del 1700, l illuminista si noti bene Sylvan Marechal presento un Progetto di legge per impedire alle donne di imparare a leggere troppo deboli di mente e spirito, non era necessario anzi, era nocivo che avessero i mezzi per imparare, studiare, e competere.Il buon Marechal che sfortunatamente non vide messi a frutto i suoi saggi consigli era per l ultimo di una serie di pensatori che in qualche maniera, per tutta la durata della Storia, hanno tentato di impedire l accesso allaa cultura, [...]

    13. Please note that this book was won off of GoodReads giveaways History is filled with rich and life changing moments Sometimes they are very memorialized like Confederation while others are lost and forgotten Belinda Jack s The Women Reader spotlights the struggle and journey of the fight for the privilege that women earned to get the opportunity to read which ultimately allowed them to learn from the information they read and teach others The story takes you to the very core and beginning of thi [...]

    14. A good history of women s reading which was at times interesting, but the style of writing often lacked any wit or warmth, and seemed to skim over huge swathes of history without any real points being made Several times I was left with the impression that the author was showing off how much research she d done without thought for her own readers The first half of the book really needed a good editor to weed through the pointless and repetitive anecdotes about nuns By the time I got to the latter [...]

    15. Dense, chewy, information rich microhistory of if the title isn t a giveaway women reading The data is weighted toward western women, although there is some comparison to Islamic, Asian, and South Asian women s reading patterns Jack covers the sociocultural, political, religious, and sometimes medical attitudes toward women reading she also examines various strictures against women reading, technological and social advances that put books into women s hands in increasing numbers, and how women r [...]

    16. This book was not reader friendly.Oh to have the ability to write something that flows and is easily absorbed.I did really like chapter 8 because by that time we had literature for the massesnd of and although catholic priests were still banging out their message that it would ruin the world if women were allowed free assess to education and doctors were warning of the melancholy and weakness of the nerves women would suffer from if they gave up their housebound duties to read, women still manag [...]

    17. Guardian review A history of women s reading, those who opposed it bitly N2TFeU Belinda Jack in her book on women readers which is, inevitably, also a book on women writers covers palaeolithic wall paintings to 21st century reading groups in 300 pages So she can t include everything her book repeatedly tells of the way that the woman reader has persisted and thrived under all kinds of conditions Ambitions, strategies, arguments, bold moves, curiosity and desire have kept her going, for 40 centur [...]

    18. a fascinating study centering on the history of women as readerswell executed and well researchedi especially enjoyed the first few chapters that concentrated on the those women who forged ahead against very difficult social structures designed to keep them in their place, and paved the way for those of us today who enjoy the freedom to read as we please and who, perhaps, take for granted that privilege that was denied to them in their time easy 4 on a scale of 1 5

    19. A poorly written and edited work that is not entertaining enough to be fun, and not scholarly enough to be educational Jack tries to cover way too much ground the book pretends to be global in scope, while actually focusing almost exclusively on England and France The narrative is weak, and the book reads as a collection of facts and stories about women reader and not a proper history I learned some neat things, but the overall experience was frustrating.

    20. I picked this up, thinking it would be a novel, and it turned out to be a fascinating history of women s literacy from biblical times to the present.It wasn t an easy read and I did google a few of the writers named in it but overall it was an amazing book.As a feminist and a bibliophile I have to really recommend this.

    21. Interesting book with a few surprises for the women s history enthusiast Although Jack does try to cover non Western tradition, it could use depth than the nod she gives it I m also deducting a star for the length of the chapters because they had few content breaks, making reading each one a serious commitment or you d lose your place in all the historical detail.

    22. See my review in the Globe and Mail Great on history but not much speculation on the difference between male and female reading theglobeandmail arts b

    23. I will definitely buy the printed version of this book and I m so happy to live in the contemporary world that allows me the freedom to read whatever I wantANKS TO NETGALLEY AND YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW

    24. A very interesting book of the literacy of people around the world and how the ability of woemn to read has changed their and mankind s history Nice little tidbits of history from earliest prehistoric periods to modern day influences.

    25. Supposedly a history of women s reading, but really of a history of reading per se Unfortunately I found it a struggle to finish, it has some interesting facts, but it failed to move me.

    26. Touches on a lot of different manifestations of women reading, mostly in English French history So instead call it Some Women Readers JK that would never sell

    27. Fascinating There was new information here I d not read about before And I liked the author s occasional sense of humour and insight into the topic.

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