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She hath been reading : women and Shakespeare clubs in America / Katherine West Scheil.

By: Scheil, Katherine West, 1966-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (xix, 235 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0801464226; 9780801464225.Subject(s): Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- United States -- History | Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs -- History | Women -- Books and reading -- United States -- History | Women -- United States -- Intellectual lifeAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 822.3/3 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Reading -- The home -- The outpost -- Shakespeare and black women's clubs.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Reading -- The home -- The outpost -- Shakespeare and black women's clubs.

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Scheil (Univ. of Minnesota) offers a fascinating study of American communities of women (1880s-1940s) who read Shakespeare. She has uncovered previously neglected historical records, exploring the origins of these clubs (including those of black women), their range of literary practices, their effects on domestic life, and their outreaches from urban to isolated rural areas. During these decades, the clubs focused on Shakespeare's works, the writer himself, and cultural contexts. Women had the opportunity to move beyond discussions of "gowns and pudding" to participate in an intellectual layer of activities for personal betterment. Using direct quotes from some of the women involved, Scheil follows the lives of these club members and reveals how their readings also translated into "civic, cultural, and educational improvement." On a broader scale, the records from these women's clubs provide a fascinating understanding of Shakespeare's role in American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in an easily accessible style, the book reveals that Scheil certainly did her homework: the text itself is 122 pages; an appendix lists 500 "Shakespeare clubs in America"; the notes and bibliography run to 80 pages total. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. S. Carducci Winona State University

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