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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415049207
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of periodical abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The making of the magazine, 1800-50
2 The 'Fair Sex' and the Magazine: The Early Ladies' Journals 17
3 The Queen, The Beauty and the Woman Writer 36
4 Family and Mothers' Magazines: The 1830s and 1840s 45
Pt. II The Beetons: The domestic English woman and the lady, 1850-80
5 The Beetons and the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1852-60 59
6 The Female Body and the Domestic Woman, 1860-80 71
7 Re-Making the Lady: The Queen 89
Pt. III New Woman, New Journalism, the 1880s and 1890s
8 The New Woman and the New Journalism 115
9 Revolting Daughters, Girton Girls and Advanced Women 131
10 Advancing into Commodity Culture 142
Pt. IV The reinvention of the domestic English woman: into the twentieth century
11 Woman at Home: The Middle-Class Domestic Magazine and the Agony Aunt 157
12 'Forward But Not Too Fast': The Advanced Magazine? 174
13 Woman-Talk as Commodity: The Penny Domestic Magazine 190
Notes 210
Select bibliography of magazines consulted 216
Bibliography 218
Index 231
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