Great Wee Listens Episode 1: A Room of One’s Own

One of our amazing volunteers, Jessica Secmezsoy-Urquhart, has researched and created the very first episode of our Great Wee Listens podcast. In this episode, Jessica charts the history of women’s libraries and spaces. Part One is available below and you can find parts two and three over on itunes.

Bibliography for Great Wee Listens Episode 1

Reformation – Early Modern:

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Nancy Fraser, “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy”, Social Text, Duke University Press, 25 (26), (1990), p.  56–80

Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, Thomas Burger, (Cambridge Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1989) p. 30-31,57

Steven Kale, French Salons: High Society and Political Sociability from the Old Regime to the Revolution of 1848 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) p. 2, 9

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Jennifer S. Uglow, The Macmillan Dictionary of Women’s Biography (1982), Alexandra Mavrokordatou (Greek: Αλεξάνδρα Μαυροκορδάτου; 1605–1684)

Svante Norrhem, Kvinnor vid maktens sida : 1632-1772 [Women by the side of power: 1632-1772], (Nordic Academic Press,2007)

Michael Meyer, Origins of the Modern Jew: Jewish Identity and European Culture in Germany, 1749-1824, (Wayne State University Press, 1979), p. 85

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John Cole, Between the Queen and Cabby, (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011), pp. 28–29

Camille Naish, Death Comes to The Maiden: Sex and Execution, 1431–1933, (Routledge, 1991),  p. 137

The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History, trans, ed by Lynn Hunt (Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1996), p. 122–23

Albert Soboul, Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution, (PUF:1989),  p. 196

Susan Dalton, “Gender and the Shifting Ground of Revolutionary Politics: The Case of Madame Roland”, Canadian Journal of History, 36, no. 2 (2001): pp. 259–83

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Lisa Beckstrand,  Deviant Women of the French Revolution and the Rise of Feminism, (Associated University Press, 2009) , p. 17-20

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Circulating Libraries and Blue Stocking England Early Modern

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Matthew Battles, Library: An Unquiet History, (New York, N.Y.: Norton, 2004), p. 135

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Abigail A. Van Slyck, “The Lady and the Library Loafer: Gender and Public Space in Victorian America”, Gendered Spaces and Aesthetics, 31, (4), (Winter, 1996), pp. 221-242;

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Evelyn Kerslake, A History of Women Workers in English Libraries, 1871-1974, doctoral thesis, (Loughborough University, 1999)

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Elizabeth Crawford, The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928

Gillian Thomas , A Position to Command Respect: Women and the Eleventh Britannica, (Scarecrow Press, 1992) , p. 127





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