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Women Who Read Are Dangerous (Frauen, die lesen, sind... #1)

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A compelling selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of women reading through the ages.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Merrell Publishers (first published 2005)
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Andvari Leitón
"¿Viven peligrosamente las mujeres? ¿Viven más peligrosamente que los hombres que escriben? ¿Viven más peligrosamente que las mujeres que se dedican a otras profesiones que podríamos calificar también de riesgo? ¿vivieron peligrosamente en otros tiempos o esto se mantiene hasta hoy? ¿Corren las mujeres escritoras el mismo peligro en las distintas partes del mundo?"

El enfoque no es original, pero siempre está bien descubrir nuevas escritoras que revolucionaron a su manera la literatura o el papel
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Roberta
Quadri! Tanti quadri, e tutti di donne che leggono.
Già l'introduzione (quella originale, non le due pagine della Bignardi che aggiungono davvero poco al volume) è un piccolo capolavoro: leggevo e pensavo "hey, hai ragione!". Le immagini poi sono davvero piacevoli e ben spiegate, in un viaggio che parte dal XIII secolo. Si comincia con la solita lettura sacra, ma le donne del volume affrontano di tutto: lettere, tomi voluminosi, quotidiani, giornaletti finalizzati al più semplice svago.
Credo ci
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Paola
Dec 14, 2010 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si.

Le donne che leggono sono pericolose. Sicuramente più di quelle che non leggono.

Fosse solo perché se stanno leggendo concentrate il sugo rischia di bruciare. Anzi no. Sicuramente brucia.

E poi non fu una certa denominata Eva che convinse quel pigro di Adamo a mangiare il frutto dell'albero della conoscenza? Si. Chiaro. Perché Eva lo sapeva che la conoscenza, la consapevolezza era indispensabile per vivere pienamente, ancora prima che il libro fosse inventato.

Se era per Adamo eravamo ancora su
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Helen
Feb 23, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! A fantastic selection of paintings, drawings and photos of women reading from the Middle Ages to today. Each image has a blurb explaining the context in which it was created which I just loved. A must for any book lover.
Marie-aimée
Feb 06, 2016 Marie-aimée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fr
L'idée est originale : une histoire de lecture féminine avec des illustrations (analysées). Le seul problème ce sont les remarques un peu trop"discours-féministe-bateau" (si vous voyez ce que je veux dire). Le texte devient un peu maladroit et lourd par moment. Cependant, les explications sont très claires et l'effet de synthèse assez intéressant. Les images (peintures, gravures) sont le point fort de l'ouvrage.
Imen Benyoub
Oct 02, 2015 Imen Benyoub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
A beautiful book, combined paintings and sketches from different artistic schools and movements, photography, literary quotes and a genuine introduction on reading habits and women in history, every painting was accompanied with a half poetic half philosophical description that I found very rich and informative..I was happy to discover new artists, especially Nordic painters, and as a reader I found a great deal of myself between the pages..

a hommage to beauty, women and books!

Mohamed
Feb 21, 2013 Mohamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
les femmes qui lisent sont toujours l'inspiration les peintres.
une petite visite au musée à travers des tableaux bien choisis qui parlent d'eux-mêmes.
j'ai bien aimé cette visite.
Margherita Dolcevita
Estremamente ben curata, è un'opera molto interessante. Le due introduzioni sono decisamente condivisibili (specialmente se si è donne) e la Bignardi ha sempre quel tocco magico che rende piacevole tutto quello che scrive. L'apparato delle immagini con il commento è poi molto ricco e variegato, spazia nei secoli e nei generi con estrema nonchalance, e fa scoprire dipinti e donne che poco erano noti. Questo libro lo dovrebbero avere tutte le lettrici compulsive, peccato per il prezzo, a mio avvis ...more
Crystal
Dec 16, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nf-literature
I really enjoyed this book that combined part art with the way women and literature were viewed in that culture/society and specific time period.
Aprile
Jun 17, 2012 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente un po’ di grazia. Grazia dell’occhio che ha guardato e colto l’attimo. E’ una raccolta di immagini, di dipinti di pittori che sono stati attratti dalle espressioni fisiche e corporee indotte dalla lettura. Qui si è voluto farne un tributo alle donne, collezionando immagini ad esse dedicate, sottolineando come la lettura abbia contribuito all’emancipazione femminile. Sono tutte donne assorte nella lettura, abbandonate ai sensi o tese nella scoperta, o ancora assorte nei pensieri che qu ...more
MB (What she read)
How nice to see all of these artworks in one collection! Very interesting that a woman reading alone has been considered subversive and dangerous in past times. I would like to have small reproductions of a few of these paintings so that I could frame them and put them near my bookcases. Perfect for a library!

FYI: This book has been re-titled in a later publication as Women Who Read are Dangerous, a title which is much catchier and more suitable to the content.
Johanna Lilas
Jan 02, 2016 Johanna Lilas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Les femmes qui lisent sont dangereuses présente l'histoire de la lecture au féminin dans l'art. Le livre est composé de trois parties. La première est écrite par Laura Adler, elle n'a pas vraiment retenu mon attention car je l'ai lue en diagonale. En revanche, la seconde partie rédigée par Stefan Bollman m'a fortement intéressée. En effet, l'auteur propose un texte sur l'histoire de la lecture au féminin dans l'art qui résume bien l'ensemble de l'ouvrage. La dernière partie est une présentation ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Feb 07, 2014 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Who would have thought that so many artists had painted or photographed women reading?

This is a rather lovely coffee table book, with a good introduction and excellent text with each full-page painting reproduction. We're told about women's reading habits, about the movement (for all readers) from reading aloud being the norm, to it being the rarity, and we're told a little about art. If I had spare $$ at the moment I'd be going online to try and find a copy to buy.
Lenny
Jul 27, 2012 Lenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! But wouldve prefered a more poetical explanation with the paintings
Ann
Dec 27, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: language-books
A beautiful book of paintings, drawings and prints showing women reading. The accompanying essay points out that reading was once a controversial activity for women. Not only did it take time away from their domestic tasks, but it was thought to induce a heightened state of the imagination, an exaltation that might make women discontented with their limited social circumstances! Shocking!

Many of the artists whose work is showcased in this lovely book were totally unknown to me, and I really enj
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Olga
Aug 20, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mujer
Beautiful
Maria
Aug 08, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fictie
Een mooi kijk- en bladerboek over lezende vrouwen in de schilderkunst en fotografie. De inleiding is van Kristien Hemmerechts, ze gaat oa in op de vraag waarom lezende vrouwen gevaarlijk zijn. smile_knipoog.gif
Stefan Bollmann geeft een kort cultuurhistorisch overzicht van lezen. Boeiend en leuk verhaal waarin je bijvoorbeeld kunt vinden dat lezen pas sinds de 17e eeuw als aangenaam wordt gezien en dat tot ver in de middeleeuwen hardop lezen de norm was. In de Verlichting (!) werd ongeremd lezen
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Korri
I've never taken an art history class (well, not 'flat' art anyway; I studied design history) so reading this book was a pleasure. Visual culture has so much information to tell us about the habits, attitudes, and environments in which it was created.

Karen Joy Fowler wrote a thought-provoking foreward about gender, history, and the nature of reading: 'Is reading, in its inextricable essence, a combative act, the woman so engaged being temporarily self-interested and independent rather than othe
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Becky
May 19, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
The foreword by Karen Joy Fowler was fascinating and contained a great history of women reading as well as quotes by reading (I now want to read A History of Reading by Manguel).

The majority of this book is a collection of paintings and photographs of women reading. It contains the history of the artwork and sometimes the subjects themselves.

I would have given this book 4 stars except for the fact that it has half a dozen nude (or almost nude) paintings. Come on artists - do women really read n
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Connie D
This book is filled with fascinating (and relatively unknown) artworks of women reading. The intro by Karen Joy Fowler and the chapter intros were quite thought-provoking. There were a few comments in the commentary about the artworks that didn't ring true to me, but the choices were certainly interesting.
Lucie Novak
May 08, 2014 Lucie Novak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Beautiful book, full of paintings of reading women and comments about society viewing their reading with suspicion. Makes me thing about those abducted Nigerian girls. I have a CZech edition of this book. I often look at the paintings, reading the clever commentary.
Pandora Himmel
Nov 22, 2015 Pandora Himmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mooi, klein boekje dat ik vaker zal lezen. Wat ik heel erg jammer vind is dat eigenlijk alle schilderijen en foto's worden besproken. Behalve de laatste van Alma Tadema, een van mijn favoriete schilders
Leane Leclercq
Jun 12, 2015 Leane Leclercq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre est une ode à le lecture mais également un hommage rendu aux femmes à travers le temps. Il s'apprécie au maximum dans un bon fauteuil avec un chocolat chaud à porter de main.
Mariana
Oct 29, 2014 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un recorrido por una cantidad de escritoras, muchísimas desconocidas para mi. Si bien la buena literatura no tiene sexo, religión ni edad, está bueno hacer un reconocimiento a las mujeres que hicieron escuchar sus voces a través de sus plumas. Si hasta algunas tuvieron que usar seudónimos masculinos para no levantar polvadera por su condición de mujer, el caso es el de Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, escritora francesa que se escondio tras el seudónimo de George Sand.
El libro es bellisímo, desde
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Tensy Gesteira estevez
Yo diría más: toda la gente que lee es una oposición incómoda para aquellos que quieren una sociedad sin opiniones, sin más deseos en la vida que obedecer sin miramientos, y con una resignación a los designios de un poder opresor, sea del tipo que sea.

Quienes han osado a lo largo de la historia a coger un libro son los valientes que ayudaron a cambiar el mundo y unas pocas de sus injusticias. Es el poder romántico de aquellos que creen que las palabras se pueden convertir en hechos.

Reseña comple
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Shane
Sep 27, 2012 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with many art history books, I read that pages that captured my interest, and this book has many treasures in its pages including paintings from the usual suspects, and photographs ranging from lesser known people to Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce "Ulysses."

Karen Joy Fowler's foreward is interesting, and Stefan Bollman's narratives are informative and free of jargon. I think this is the type of book many folks would know if they interested in, though I don't know that it would capture th
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Cel Red
Feb 23, 2014 Cel Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es muy bonito, porque básicamente es una colección de pinturas de mujeres leyendo. El libro va haciendo un recorrido, en orden cronológico, por los hábitos de lectura de la gente, no solo de las mujeres. Comienza explicándonos cómo antes estaba mal visto leer, porque se consideraba una pérdida de tiempo, cómo la gente leía en voz alta, cómo se fue haciendo un hábito y un pasatiempo.

La reseña completa por acá: http://tardesocio.blogspot.mx/2014/02...
Gabri
Dec 15, 2011 Gabri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Avevo "puntato" questo libro da un po', dato l'argomento intrigante. Molto interessanti l'apparato iconografico e il saggio introduttivo. Un po' meno la prefazione della Bignardi, incentrata soprattutto sulla sua esperienza personale. Peccato, invece, per le descrizioni delle immagini, spesso concentrate sulla biografia dell'artista e non sul tema della lettura al femminile.
Sara
Jan 08, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
A wonderful blend of eloquence and imagery as it examines women as the subjects of artistic works over the last few centuries. I do wish the descriptions of the accompanying paintings had information on the methods and materials used to create the works, but as a female reader, I guess I'll just have to go in search of that myself. Beautiful book with an interesting theme.
Sarah
Apr 16, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The images and history were interesting though I wouldn't have missed the author's interpretations of the art. Maybe that's just because I'm not an art historian. I wished Auguste Toulmouche's Dans la Bibliothèque would have been includes. I also love Book Woman by Kiki, but that was more modern than what the book covered.
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