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Title: 'All are instructive if read in a right spirit': Reading, Religion and Instruction in a Victorian Reading Diary
Author(s): Weiss, Lauren
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Keywords: Glasgow
the woman reader
subscription libraries
Stirling’s Library
history of reading
individual case study
conduct literature
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Weiss L (2017) 'All are instructive if read in a right spirit': Reading, Religion and Instruction in a Victorian Reading Diary. Library and Information History, 33 (2), pp. 97-122.
Abstract: This paper conducts a study of reading choices and practices through the reading diary of a middle-class reader in mid-nineteenth-century Glasgow within the context of her socio-cultural, intellectual and religious milieu. Anne Galloway (1802-1889) wrote her reading diary between 1850 and 1856, wherein she recorded one hundred and eighty-four books and three periodicals. This study combines an investigation in the availability of books and their circulation with a focus on Stirling’s Library, a subscription library founded by Walter Stirling in 1791, from which Anne obtained her books. Anne’s borrowing record is re-constructed using the library catalogues. These are used to assess the different classifications of the books she read and their respective numbers to determine the pattern of Anne’s borrowing and reading practices. This investigation offers new insights into Glasgow’s book culture through the reconstructed history of a ‘lesser-known’ Evangelical, non-professional, married woman reader in the mid-nineteenth century, demographics of which are currently all under-represented in individual case studies in the history of reading.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17583489.2017.1299424
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