Victorian Women's Magazines: An Anthology

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Margaret Beetham, Kay Boardman
Manchester University Press, 2001 - 230 pages
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This anthology makes available to students and general readers the rich variety of Victorian magazines for women. The extracts range from fashion magazines to feminist journals, from serious works for Christian mothers to tales of romance and passion for 'sweethearts'. Focusing on the historical development of the British women's magazine, this extensively illustrated work gives access to texts which few readers ever see.

The first main section describes and illustrates eight kinds of magazine for women. Though they have common features, the differences between the drawing room journal of the 1830s and 1840s and the cheap domestic magazines of the 1890s are clearly demonstrated. The second section focuses on those elements which made up the magazine's typical mix of ingredients, including fiction, the fashion plate, poetry, political journalism, advice columns and reader's letters. The last section is the most comprehensive listing of British Victorian women's magazines which currently exists.

This is a work of scholarship but one which will appeal to students of Cultural, Historical, Literary and Women's Studies, as well as to the general interested reader. Like the magazines it represents, it offers its readers both entertainment and instruction.

 

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Contents

Contents
1
The drawingroom journal
21
The general illustrated magazine
32
The religious magazine
45
The ladies paper
53
The feminist journal
61
The magazine for young women and girls
71
The cheap domestic magazine
87
the short paragraph or titbit
117
story of Unswerving Affection and Mad Passion By Lorna OReilley Author
133
The fashion plate and the fashion feature
140
Advertising
157
Advice columns and readers letters
166
Reviews
180
Competitions
190
Copyright

PART II
97

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About the author (2001)

Margaret Beetham is Reader in English and Women's Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Kay Boardman is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Central Lancashire.

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