Toward a History of Women's Periodicals in Latin American: introduction

Emilie Bergmann, Greenberg Janet, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Francine Masiello, Francesca Miller, Morello-Frosch Marta, Kathleen Newman and Mary Louise Pratt

in Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780520065536
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520909076 | DOI:
Toward a History of Women's Periodicals in Latin American: introduction

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This chapter deals with the evidence of women's involvement in print journalism in Latin America. The increasing presence of women in networks of print culture can be measured both by women's own journalistic production and by the proliferation of masculine productions directed at women readers. The mid-nineteenth century saw two kinds of “women's” periodicals: the ladies' magazine, a publication typically edited by men and devoted heavily to changing styles and fashions for women, and the liberal republican periodical edited by women, devoted principally to demands for female emancipation and a voice in national debate. Journalism played an important role in unifying different areas of Latin America. Feminist historians have used various magazines as resources, but little attention has been paid to them as historical and cultural artifacts. The magazines themselves are often inaccessible.

Keywords: print journalism; periodicals; Latin America; ladies' magazine; liberal republican periodical

Chapter.  4221 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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