Women Who Read Are Dangerous
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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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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...more
Paola
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...more
Helen
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.
Mohamed
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
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
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
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.
Kathleen Dixon
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
Loved it! But wouldve prefered a more poetical explanation with the paintings
Maria
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...more
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...more
Becky
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...more
Lucie Novak
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.
Cel Red
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...
Shane
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...more
Gabri
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
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
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.
Lia
This was really great, and I want to get a copy. It had interesting history and so many beautiful images! It was a good book to cozy up with in bed. :) It inspired a whole Pinterest board that has amazed me because I keep finding SO MANY new pieces of art to put in it! Go, dangerous women! Keep reading! <3
Lisa
Good info on women and history of reading in the foreword. Easy to follow explanations of art images. I found a few pieces I'd like to own (not the originals of course) for my home. Every woman reader should take a look at this book.
Elizabeth
Beautiful paintings, photographs, sketches/drawings of women reading. Short commentaries explain each piece of artwork.

My favorites:
Reading Abandoned, 1924 Felix Vallotton
Lee Miller and Tanja Ramm, Theodore Miller
Charlotte
If you love art then you'll love this book! It is filled with different art and then information about the art beside it! It would make a really nice gift and is nice to use as a decorative piece in your room!
E
Oct 06, 2011 E rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
The selection of images are as impressive as the introduction and the foreword. The texts accompanying each image failed to do them justice, but then again, I've never been one for the lingo of art history.
Gabyash
A lo largo de los siglos se ha demostrado que las mujeres también leemos y tal vez mas que los hombres, en este libro esta plasmada esa historia con arte y conocimiento!
Miranda
Coffee table conversation piece, interlaced with striking art from around the globe and an informative introduction. Thank you MKC.
China
De lo mejor que he leído en el año, simplemente grandioso. Inspiración para mis ansias locas de escribir.
Worthy
Oct 20, 2011 Worthy marked it as to-buy
Women who read are interesting, real, sexy...

I will be actively looking for this book.
Diana Zapata
A wonder trip on a history of the women and their passion for the books, i love its pictures
Joanne in Canada
An interesting way to get a cross-section of artistic styles and treatments.
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