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

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  491 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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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Heidi The Hippie Librarian
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Part art appreciation and part homage to the female reader, Women Who Read Are Dangerous is probably the the most aptly titled book that I've ever read. In addition to the beautiful images (my favorites pages 73 & 89), this book educates the reader about the politics, historical trends, and gender inequality tied to reading. Who knew that simply picking up a book could be such a subversive act?

Women Who
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Cristina 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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Astrid
Mar 08, 2016 Astrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminisme
Un livre qui mêle intelligemment deux de mes passions : histoire de l'art et féminisme, un régal !
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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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.
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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Isaura Pereira
Descobri este livro na biblioteca e confesso que foi o seu título que me despertou a minha atenção. Um livro em que afirma (no seu título) que as mulheres leitoras são perigosas foi algo que não pude deixar de passar ao lado.

Este é um livro de não-ficção que mostra, através da arte, a relação da mulher com os livros, ao longo dos séculos. O livro é divido por várias partes, em que o prefácio é-nos contextualizado, a nível histórico, a relação da mulher com a leitura. Todas as outras partes do l
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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!

Kathleen Dixon
Aug 11, 2016 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.
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.
Melissa
I enjoyed this book since I do enjoy art and there is even some photographs as well. The women depicted are seen reading books, letters, and magazine or next to one of the items.
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.
Marieke
3.5 stars.
Jamila
Useful. Inspiring. Beautiful. Thought-provoking. Exclusive. Incomplete.
Christine
Mar 09, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was first published in German in 2005 under the title “Frauen, die Lesen, Sind Gefaerlich” and then in English in 2006 titled “Women Reading”. This 2016 incarnation translates the German title and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have a look buy it … art and reading … and, with such a title – how could I resist?

The forward, written by Karen Joy Fowler, gives the reader an overview of attitudes through the ages on the though of women reading.

“Should women be permitted to have secret
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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.
Adri
Feb 01, 2016 Adri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Female readers depicted throughout the ages.
At times the author reads too much into the artworks in my opinion, but all in all this is an interesting and engaging book that you can flip through in one afternoon. Next to almost all the paintings, we get a short biography of the painter and how those facts relate to their work. There are a few photographs, and in the Hungarian version we get a couple of Hungarian artworks as well.
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.
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
Olga
Aug 20, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful
Crystal Sissons
Dec 11, 2016 Crystal Sissons rated it really liked it
This is a great book. The introduction raises great points about reading - for instance how many places one can go with a book, and the idea that even if you can't travel physically, a book can take you on incredible voyages. This book looks at the representation of women readers through time in the medium of art both paintings and photographs. It is really beautiful and it opens your mind to the different kinds of journeys these women were engaging in in their own time and spaces.
Patricia
Jan 14, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niet helemaal wat ik ervan verwacht had, maar wel boeiend om lezende vrouwen in de schilderkunst te zien, en de beschouwing van hun betekenis erbij te zien. Soms voelt het wel alsof er een interpretatie wordt opgelegd, maar dat kan je makkelijk naast jezelf leggen.
Richard Smith
Nov 28, 2016 Richard Smith rated it liked it
An exquisite book to look at, but most of the words read like a bad translation from the German. Still, the introduction reminded me how reading has been though dangerous (for men and women) by many, and perhaps they are right.
Mary Dykas
Nov 13, 2016 Mary Dykas rated it it was amazing
Lots of gorgeous artwork of woman reading and some about each artist. Makes a nice gift for any reader or anyone interested in art.
Susan
Jan 12, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
Fascinating book combining art history, gender studies, and philosophy.
Jane
Dec 22, 2016 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like art. I visit art museums frequently and I have a minor in art history. I like reading. I read many books per year, and I have numerous books about art. I also have books about books and about reading. But Women Who Read are Dangerous just did not thrill me. The writing was dry and really basic. At times it seemed a bit superficial. At one point I tried to find out if this book was a part of a doctoral dissertation or masters thesis, for that is what it sounded like. I never could figure o ...more
Kati Polodna
Sep 26, 2016 Kati Polodna rated it it was ok
Eh. The writing is a bit dry. I only mildly enjoyed this because I like art.
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