New Publication – Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere

Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere
Maria DiCenzo with Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan

Palgrave Macmillan / November 2010 / Hardback / £55.00 / 978-0-230-24126-8

This study highlights the contributions of feminist media history to a range of disciplines. Focusing on the feminist press emerging from and reacting to the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British suffrage campaign, the book situates these sources in the context of current debates about the public sphere, social movements, and media history. The case studies include official organs of the suffrage movement, and feminist reviews such as the Englishwoman and the notorious Freewoman. Based on original research, the case studies are designed to offer detailed and comparative analyses of key periodicals representing diverging ideological positions and genres. They demonstrate the complex and often conflicting internal dynamics of early women’s movements and the central role of print media in their engagement with the wider public.

CONTENTS:
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Challenges and Contributions of Feminist Media History
PART I: PUBLICS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND MEDIA HISTORY
Revisiting Debates about the Public Sphere
Publics and Counterpublics
Publics and Social Movements
The Private and the Public
Suffrage History and Social Movements
Key Aspects of Contentious Collective Action
Social Movement Organizations
Temporal Continuity and Cycles of Protest
Framing
Culture and Social Movements
Media and Social Movements
Situating Women’s Political Periodicals in Press/Media History
The Impact of Feminist Media Research
New Directions
The Feminist Press and Alternative Media
Significance of Early Feminist Media
The Case Studies
PART II: THE CASE STUDIES
Unity and Dissent: Official Organs of the Suffrage Campaign; M.DiCenzo
The Englishwoman: ‘Twelve Years of Brilliant Life’; L.Ryan
Individualism and Introspection: the framing of feminism in The Freewoman; L.Delap
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

MARIA DICENZO Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

LUCY DELAP Fellow of St Catharine’s College and a member of the History Faculty, University of
Cambridge, UK.

LEILA RYAN holds a Graduate School appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at
McMaster University.

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