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'All are instructive if read in a right spirit': Reading, Religion and Instruction in a Victorian Reading Diary

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.

Keywords
Glasgow; Victorian; the woman reader; subscription libraries; Stirling’s Library; Evangelicalism; history of reading; individual case study; commonplacing; conduct literature

StatusPublished
AuthorsWeiss Lauren
Publication date online20/04/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1758-3489
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Library and Information History: Volume 33, Issue 2

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