From Sober to Salacious: <i>Women’s Biography as Spectacle</i>

Marilyn Booth

in May Her Likes Be Multiplied

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224193
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925212 | DOI:
From Sober to Salacious: Women’s Biography as Spectacle

Show Summary Details


Since the late nineteenth century, readers and listeners in Egypt had enjoyed many satirical-colloquial periodicals, and some had featured caricatures of politicians. But the illustrated weekly of news and entertainment was just emerging, soon to be joined by magazines that specialized in theater, radio, and film. That women were important as magazine consumers is attested by The Bride's focus and longevity. And that “Famous Women” continued to be important to this type of magazine was signaled by their inclusion as part of the periodical's mission. But now it was “portraits” rather than “biographies” that were prominent. As The Bride featured portraits, it also offered biographies, and this chapter's epigraph from its profile of the Begum of Bhopal confirms that it offered names familiar to the readers of women's magazines. It is worth recalling, too, the emergence of a curious genre in the 1920s that bridged “autobiography” and “fiction” more deliberately, perhaps, than do most autobiographies, at least until recently.

Keywords: The Bride; women's magazines; biographies; Egypt; Famous Women; portraits; autobiographies; fiction

Chapter.  4880 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.