Dangerous reading  

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In the history of literature, private reading was at times viewed dangerous. It was argued that reading acted as a tranquilliser and was especially dangerous when practised by subordinate groups such as common people, youth or women. At the conclusion of the sixteenth-century, and later on, unsupervised reading was considered subversive by secular and theocratic authorities.

From the early sixteenth century onwards it was viewed as especially dangerous for women to read fiction. This notion originated from men who feared fiction for its potential to evoke dangerous emotions such as love.

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