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Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s

The Victorian Period

Edited by Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, Beth Rodgers

Hardback (Forthcoming)

New perspectives on women, periodicals and print culture in Victorian Britain by experts in media, literary and cultural history

The period covered in this volume witnessed the proliferation of print culture and the greater availability of periodicals for an increasingly diverse audience of women readers. This was also a significant period in women’s history, in which the ‘Woman Question’ dominated public debate, and writers and commentators from a range of perspectives engaged with ideas and ideals about womanhood ranging from the ‘Angel in the House’ to the New Woman.

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Introduction: Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in the Victorian Period - Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, Beth Rodgers

Part I: (Re)Imagining Domestic Life


1. The Rise and Rise of the Domestic Magazine: Femininity at Home in Popular Periodicals - Margaret Beetham

2. Regulating Servants in Victorian Women’s Print Media - Kathryn Ledbetter

3. Women Editors’ Transnational Networks in the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine and Myra’s Journal - Marianne Van Remoortel

4. Women and Family Health in the Mid-Victorian Family Magazine - Claire Furlong

5. Negotiating Female Identity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Elizabeth Tilley

6. Women and the Welsh Newspaper Press: The Cambrian News and the Western Mail, 1870–95 - Tom O’Malley

Part II: Constructing Modern Girls and Young Women


7. Promoting a Do-It-Yourself Spirit: Samuel Beeton’s Young Englishwoman - Jennifer Phegley

8. Claiming Medicine as a Profession for Women: The English Woman’s Journal’s Campaign for Female Doctors - Teja Varma Pusapati

9. Encouraging Charitable Work and Membership in the Girls’ Friendly Society through British Girls’ Periodicals - Kristine Moruzi

10. ‘Welcome and Appeal for the "Maid of Dundee"’: Constructing the Female Working-Class Bard in Ellen Johnston’s Correspondent Poetry, 1862–7 - Suz Garrard

11. The Editor of the Period: Alice Corkran, the Girl’s Realm, and the Woman Editor - Beth Rodgers

12. The ‘Most-Talked-Of Creature in the World’: The ‘American Girl’ in Victorian Print Culture - Bob Nicholson

Part III: Women and Visual Culture


13. Vicarious Pleasures: Photography, Modernity, and Mid-Victorian Domestic Journalism - Charlotte Boman

14. Beauty Advertising and Advice in the Queen and Woman - Michelle J. Smith

15. Women of the World: The Lady’s Pictorial and Its Sister Papers - Gerry Beegan

16. Rewriting Fairyland: Isabella Bird and the Spectacle of Nineteenth-Century Japan - Andrea Kaston Tange

17. Victorian Women Wood Engravers: The Case of Clemence Housman - Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

Part IV: Making Space for Women


18. Women Journalists and Periodical Spaces - Joanne Shattock

19. Making Space for Women’s Work in the Leisure Hour: From Variety to ‘Verity’ - Katherine Malone

20. Avatars, Pseudonyms, and the Regulation of Affect: Performing and Occluding Gender in the Pall Mall Gazette - Fionnuala Dillane

21. Gender, Anonymity, and Humour in Women’s Writing for Punch - Katy Birch

22. Making Space for Women: The Labour Leader, the Clarion, and the Women’s Column - Deborah Mutch

23. By the Fireside: Margaret Oliphant’s Armchair Commentaries - Valerie Sanders

Part V: Constructing Women Readers and Writers


24. ‘Afford[ing] me a Place’: Recovering Women Poets in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1827–35 - Lindsy Lawrence

25. Constructing the Mass-Market Woman Reader and Writer: Eliza Cook and the Weekly Dispatch, 1836–50 - Alexis Easley

26. Elizabeth Gaskell and the Habit of Serialisation - Catherine Delafield

27. Gender and Genre in Reviews of the Theological Novel - Anne DeWitt

28. Reading Poet Amy Levy through Victorian Newspapers - Linda K. Hughes

29. ‘I simply write it to order’: L. T. Meade, Sisters of Sherlock, and the Strand Magazine - Clare Clarke

Part VI: Intervening in Political Debates


30. Brewing Storms of War, Slavery, and Imperialism: Harriet Martineau’s Engagement with the Periodical Press - Lesa Scholl

31. Mary Smith (1822–89): A Radical Journalist under Many Guises - Florence Boos

32. In Time of Disturbance: Political Dissonance and Subversion in Violet Fane’s Contributions to the Lady’s Realm - Ceylan Kosker

33. ‘Our Women in Journalism’: African-American Women Journalists and the Circulation of News - Caroline Bressey

34. The Late Victorian Feminist Press’ Response to Same-Sex Desire Controversies - Molly Youngkin

35. Wings and the Woman’s Signal: Reputation and Respectability in Women’s Temperance Periodicals, 1892–9 - Gemma Outen

About the Author

Alexis Easley is Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. She is the author of Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850–1914 (University of Delaware Press, 2011). (Nominated for the 2011 Colby Prize, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals) and First–Person Anonymous: Women Writers and Victorian Print Media, 1830–70 (Ashgate, Nineteenth-Century Series, 2004) and Editor of Victorian Periodicals Review.

Clare Gill is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of St Andrews. She is the author of Olive Schreiner and the Politics of Print (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press), General Editor of The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Olive Schreiner (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press) and volume editor of Olive Schreiner’s Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland and Selected Journalism (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press).

Beth Rodgers is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. She is the author of Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at Fin de Siècle – the Daughters of Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-editor, with Nora Maguire, of Children’s Literature on the Move: Nations, Translations, Migrations (Four Courts Press, 2013).


This is a wide-ranging, insightful, engaging and, above all, lucidly written collection by a group of scholars at the top of their profession. It is, in short, outstanding. We shall be reading, consulting and learning from this volume for years to come.

- Andrew King, University of Greenwich

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