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She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America

Katherine West Scheil


In the late nineteenth century hundreds of clubs formed across the United States devoted to the reading of Shakespeare. Composed mainly of women, these clubs offered the opportunity for members not only to read and study Shakespeare but also to participate in public and civic activities outside the home. This book uncovers this hidden layer of intellectual activity that flourished in American society well into the twentieth century. Shakespeare clubs were crucial for women's intellectual development because they provided a consistent intellectual stimulus (more so than was the case with most g ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare clubs, intellectual activity, American society, women, intellectual development, American culture, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450426
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine West Scheil, author
Associate Professor of English, the University of Minnesota