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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-358
Number of pages11
JournalWomen: A Cultural Review
Issue number4
Early online date11 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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