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Record 6170

Reading Experience:

'as with history, women use their reading of travels to interrogate an androcentric concept of heroism. Elizabeth Montagu felt "surfeited" with what she thought the pointless explorations of Cook or Bruce: "of what use is this discovery of the source of the Nile?"'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Elizabeth Montagu
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 2 Oct 1718
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / bluestocking
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Bruce
Title: Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773...
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6170  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's Reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 56
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation (Cambridge, 1999), p. 56,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

See Reginald Blunt (ed). Mrs Montagu, 'Queen of the blues': her letters and friendships from 1762-1800 (1923), Vol II, pp. 31, 251.



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