Women's Worlds by Margaret Beetham
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Women's Worlds
By Margaret Beetham

Women's Worlds

Ideology, Feminity, and the Woman's Magazine

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Women's Worlds by Margaret Beetham

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Why do women read magazines? This study explores the pleasure and dangers of the popular magazine for women since its first appearance in the late seventeenth century to the present day. Examining everything from changes in print technology to gender ideology, the authors argue that it is through its heterogeneity and its ability to contain contradiction that the woman's magazine has maintained its cultural influence. From their inception, women's magazines have posited female subjectivity as a problem, offering themselves to female readers as a guide to living, a means of organizing, responding to and transforming their experiences as women. But they have also functioned as mediators of pleasure, fantasy, and escape. Challenging this critical dichotomy in the analysis of popular culture between production and consumption, the woman's magazine has always been a crucial site for the negotiation of gender and class identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333492369
ISBN-10: 0333492366
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Margaret Beetham

Ros Ballaster is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Oxford and professorial fellow in English at Mansfield College. Two monographs, Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction 1684-1740 (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785 (Oxford University Press, 2005), investigate the importance of fantasy in the shaping of the eighteenth-century English novel.

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