A Magazine of Her Own?: Domesticity and Desire in the Woman's Magazine, 1800-1914

A Magazine of Her Own?: Domesticity and Desire in the Woman's Magazine, 1800-1914

by Margaret Beetham, M. Beetham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415049202

ISBN-13: 9780415049207

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A Magazine of Her Own? studies the development of women's magazines, reveals in fascinating detail just how they have shaped the images of women which prevail today.

Like the corset, the women's magazines which emerged in the nineteenth century produced a "natural" idea of femininity: the domestic wife; the fashionable woman; the romancing and

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A Magazine of Her Own? studies the development of women's magazines, reveals in fascinating detail just how they have shaped the images of women which prevail today.

Like the corset, the women's magazines which emerged in the nineteenth century produced a "natural" idea of femininity: the domestic wife; the fashionable woman; the romancing and desirable girl. Their legacies, from agony aunts to fashion plates, are easily traced in their modern

counterparts. But do these magazines and their promises empower or disempower their readers? A Magazine of Her Own? is a lively and revealing exploration of this immensely popular form from its beginnings. It is at once a chronological tracing of the history, a collection of

intriguing case studies and an intervention into recent debates about gender and sexuality in popular reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415049207
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of periodical abbreviations
1Introduction1
Pt. IThe making of the magazine, 1800-50
2The 'Fair Sex' and the Magazine: The Early Ladies' Journals17
3The Queen, The Beauty and the Woman Writer36
4Family and Mothers' Magazines: The 1830s and 1840s45
Pt. IIThe Beetons: The domestic English woman and the lady, 1850-80
5The Beetons and the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1852-6059
6The Female Body and the Domestic Woman, 1860-8071
7Re-Making the Lady: The Queen89
Pt. IIINew Woman, New Journalism, the 1880s and 1890s
8The New Woman and the New Journalism115
9Revolting Daughters, Girton Girls and Advanced Women131
10Advancing into Commodity Culture142
Pt. IVThe reinvention of the domestic English woman: into the twentieth century
11Woman at Home: The Middle-Class Domestic Magazine and the Agony Aunt157
12'Forward But Not Too Fast': The Advanced Magazine?174
13Woman-Talk as Commodity: The Penny Domestic Magazine190
Notes210
Select bibliography of magazines consulted216
Bibliography218
Index231

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