Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space

Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space

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by Alice Fahs
     
 

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Out on Assignment illuminates the lives and writings of a lost world of women who wrote for major metropolitan newspapers at the start of the twentieth century. Fahs argues that, as observers and actors in a new drama of independent urban life, newspaper women used the simultaneously liberating and exploitative nature of their work to demonstrate the power

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Out on Assignment illuminates the lives and writings of a lost world of women who wrote for major metropolitan newspapers at the start of the twentieth century. Fahs argues that, as observers and actors in a new drama of independent urban life, newspaper women used the simultaneously liberating and exploitative nature of their work to demonstrate the power of a public voice, both individually and collectively.

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An accessible cultural history. . . . Readers with an interest in media history as well as in women's studies will find this to be an enjoyable and character-driven scholarly book.--Library Journal

Library Journal
Although written by an academic for academics, this study of the turn-of-the-20th-century newspaper business and its women practitioners is an accessible cultural history. In seven chapters covering such topics as the personalities of women newspaper writers, the style and impact of papers' popular "women's pages" and human interest stories, and how women writers undertook "stunt" journalism and travel adventures, Fahs (history, Univ. of California, Irvine; The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North & South, 1861–65) combines quotations from the journalists (from the well-known Nellie Bly to the more obscure, e.g., Margherita Hamm) with primary research and scholarly citations. In discussing how these trendsetters wrote about themselves as "bachelor girls" and adventurers, Fahs also explores how they led the way to women's suffrage and modern ideas of feminism. VERDICT Readers with an interest in media history as well as in women's studies will find this to be an enjoyable and character-driven scholarly book, although its academic style may render it a bit dry for the general history reader.—Sarah Statz Cords, The Reader's Advisor Online

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807869031
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/17/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
376
File size:
3 MB

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Alice Fahs's excellent, lively, and entertaining book argues that, at the turn of the twentieth century, a group of women set their hats for careers in the newspaper business and in so doing pioneered new styles of reporting and a new style of womanhood. Filled with the voices of these women, Out on Assignment is a true pleasure to read.--Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

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