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The New Woman, the Legacies of Sensation, and the Press of the 1890s

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599110
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0006

Series: Oxford English Monographs

The New Woman, the Legacies of Sensation, and the Press of the 1890s

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The final chapter weighs up the trajectories of serialized fiction and women's magazines in the final decades of the nineteenth century to ask what effects Braddon's, Marryat's and Wood's work had on the close relationship between fiction and the female press. Middlebrow women's magazines and feminist newspapers of the 1890s, like Woman at Home, The Englishwoman, Our Mothers and Daughters, and Woman's Signal, while seemingly antithetical in their attitudes towards the ‘new woman’, shared strategies for dealing with the female figure that correspond with those used by the author-editors of the 1860s. As it had for Braddon, Wood, and Marryat, the periodical press of the 1890s provided a space in which conventions of gender and genre could be re-thought for a female audience.

Keywords: new woman; periodical press; women editors; the woman question; fin de siècle

Chapter.  11015 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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