From Suffrage to Second Wave: Feminist Periodical Culture in Britain
Edited by Victoria Bazin and Melanie Waters
This special issue of Women: A Cultural Review brings together scholarship on feminist print media from the first ‘wave’ of suffrage publications produced and consumed in the early twentieth century to the publications associated with the Women’s Liberation Movement. By doing so, the intention is to highlight the continuities and discontinuities between these social movements and to illustrate the role print culture played in constructing feminist identities and communities.
The editors come at this subject from two slightly different historical and critical perspectives. Victoria Bazin’s work on modernist periodical culture focuses on Marianne Moore’s editorial role at The Dial magazine. She has recently published work in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and is currently writing a monograph, Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and The Dial Magazine. Dr Water’s recent monograph on Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique together with her research on women’s poetry, film and the suburban gothic make a significant contribution to our understanding of the relation between contemporary feminism and the media.
Women: A Cultural Review is a peer reviewed journal with an international reputation as one of the leading academic publications in women’s writing, culture and feminist theory. This special issue will showcase current work on feminist periodical culture, enhance and extend work already taking place in this vibrant research area and develop new methodologies for the study of the material history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
We are looking for articles of between 4,000 and 5,000 words on any aspect of British feminist periodical culture in the twentieth century. Articles may focus on one particular periodical or may consider the dialogic relations between periodicals. Alternatively, we welcome more wide ranging discussions of the particular methodological challenges of research on feminist print culture as it relates to debates taking place across the disciplines of history, literature and media studies. Discussions of readers’ letters, of the role played by particular editors or authors, of the relation between writing and activism, of periodical networks, advertising, the relation between feminist print culture and the public or counter-public sphere would also be welcome.