Women Readers and Catholic Magazines

Úna Ní Bhroiméil

in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198187318
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803277 | DOI:

Series: History of the Irish Book

Women Readers and Catholic Magazines

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This chapter examines the devotional periodicals that proliferated in late nineteenth-century Ireland. These periodicals aimed to inculcate and foster a Catholic mentality in the minds of the people. This was aided by the provision in church sacristies of parish libraries which were an important though mediated source of books for country people. Women were often the principal readers of devotional literature and there are indications that they were often very attentive to features of that literature that were specific to the gendered cultural discourse of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: religious publishing; religious literature; Catholic periodicals; cultural discourse; women readers; devotional literature

Chapter.  3768 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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