Women Of The Press In Nineteenth-Century Britain

Overview

To 19th-century writers the dynamic periodical press seemed both an influential medium and a means to pay the bills. A suprising number of women, despite limited education, parental opposition and the competitive nature of this developing profession sought to earn a living through jourbanalism. Others saw the press as a valuable mechanism for educating the masses or a powerful channel for influencing public opinion. How did these women fare in Grub Street? Could they harness the power of the press? Who were the ...

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Overview

To 19th-century writers the dynamic periodical press seemed both an influential medium and a means to pay the bills. A suprising number of women, despite limited education, parental opposition and the competitive nature of this developing profession sought to earn a living through jourbanalism. Others saw the press as a valuable mechanism for educating the masses or a powerful channel for influencing public opinion. How did these women fare in Grub Street? Could they harness the power of the press? Who were the "lady jourbanalists"? The women featured in this book range from Mary Russell Mitford to Flora Shaw to Margaret Gatty. Drawing on varied contemporary sources—memoirs, letters, magazines, jourbanals, newspapers, and contemporary fiction about jourbanalism—and her own database covering hundreds of women, Barbara Onslow assesses their contributions to jourbanalism and how it affected the careers of writers as diverse as George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anna Maria Hall, and Mary Braddon and Charlotte Yonge.

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"...vivid and compelling...students of publishing history and of women's literature are in her debt."—Solveig C. Robinson, Victorian Studies
"Onslow instead provides a very useful survey of the jourbanalistic field, identifying a host of forgotten women writers..."—Lillian Nayder, Victorian Periodicals Review
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Though early studies of the press have focused on the accomplishments of men, journalism was an avenue taken by many 19th-century women seeking to effect social and political change or simply make a living. This overview of women's involvement in English newspapers and periodicals draws on memoirs, letters, magazines, journals, newspapers, and contemporary fiction as well as Onslow's (U. of Reading) database covering hundreds of women. The work assesses their contribution to journalism and how it affected the careers of writers such as George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anna Maria Hall, Mary Braddon, and Charlotte Yonge. An appendix provides brief biographies of 100 women mentioned in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312236021
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Onslow is Lecturer in English, University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Obstacles and Opportunities
• A Fifth Estate
• At our Library Table: Reviewers and Critics
• Something to Say, a Living to Earn: Periodical Contributors
• In the Editor's Chair
• A Niche in the Market
• Handmaids and Decorators
• A Press for a Purpose
• Jill of all Trades: Jourbanalism and the Professional Writer
• Jourbanalism and the Novel

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