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More than a reader and less than a critic: literary authority and women`s book-discussion groups

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2001, More than a reader and less than a critic: literary authority and women`s book-discussion groups, Women's studies international forum, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 571-585, doi: 10.1016/S0277-5395(01)00192-3.

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Title More than a reader and less than a critic: literary authority and women`s book-discussion groups
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, Frances
Journal name Women's studies international forum
Volume number 24
Issue number 5
Start page 571
End page 585
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001-09
ISSN 0277-5395
0148-0685
Summary The phenomenon of women reading books collaboratively is largely invisible, and certainly under-researched. This study, based on extensive circulation figures and on a small sample of members of four Council of Adult Education reading groups in metropolitan Melbourne, argues that such groups have a reading repertoire which is seriously middlebrow, far removed from the “wish-fulfillment” or “lazy reader” stereotypes purveyed by some who would scorn such groups. The study finds that such groups are sensitively served by the institution which hosts them. While such groups do not question the aesthetic assumptions that underlie their practice, they are combative with some manifestations of the literary establishment. Their powerful preferences for contemporary Australian women's fiction and their participation in global debates via identity politics suggests they warrant closer examination, both within Australian culture, and to find out if such groups have counterparts in other cultures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0277-5395(01)00192-3
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Elsevier Science Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001081

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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