Mediated and Mediating Feminisms: Periodical Culture from Suffrage to Second Wave

Bazin, Victoria and Waters, Melanie (2016) Mediated and Mediating Feminisms: Periodical Culture from Suffrage to Second Wave. Women: A Cultural Review, 27 (4). pp. 347-358. ISSN 0957-4042

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This introduction positions the feminist periodical in relation to the material histories and cultures of feminism. In it we make the case for a sustained analysis of feminist periodical culture in Britain from the final years of the campaign for female suffrage to the demise of Spare Rib in 1993. We argue, moreover, that the rich scholarship on suffrage and post-suffrage magazines suggests methodologies and strategies for investigating feminist magazines throughout the twentieth century and exploring their media ecologies. Drawing on recent critiques of feminist historiography, we posit that, as mediating objects and sites of activism, periodicals can tell stories about feminist histories, but they can also problematize those stories, refusing to plug historical gaps and resisting the production of a singular and unified history of feminism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminism, feminist historiography, grass-roots activism, periodicals, suffrage, women’s liberation movement
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Melanie Waters
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 10:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:31

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