Feminine reading and writing in the XIX century

This paper aims to analyze women's reading and writing practices in the first half of the 19th century. In this period writing and reading abilities were restricted to a small part of the population, with few indicators of these practices regarding the feminine universe. We analyzed periodicals in circulation during the period, among them O Mentor das Brasileiras (São João del-Rei/MG, 1829-1832), in which there were texts by female writers and references to women's reading practices.

Gender; Reading Practices; Periodicals; 19th century


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