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Claiming Her Time: The Entrenchment of Time and Gender on the Periodical Market, 1880-1920 by Annabel Friedrichs

In our latest blog, Annabel Friedrichs examines representations of womanhood in American avantgarde magazines published between 1880 and 1920.

With the turning of each page, the early magazine medium provides the modern scholar of women’s history with a rich visual-textual testimony of women’s changing (self-)perceptions in turn-of-the-century America. In my research on early female magazine illustrators’ visualizations of girl-, mother-, and womanhood in American mass and avantgarde magazines published between 1880 and 1920, I ask how these imaginations of femininity in the modern periodical press are not only proliferated and managed by the magazine. Also, in a comparative approach, I …

The letters of Dr. Edith Pechey by Dr. Namrata R. Ganneri

In our latest fascinating blog, Dr. Namrata R. Ganneri examines the archive of one of the ‘Edinburgh Seven’, Edith Pechey.

On 6 July 2019, the ‘Edinburgh Seven’- Sophia Jex-Blake, Isabel Thorne, Edith Pechey, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Mary Anderson Marshall and Emily Bovell – were awarded posthumous honorary MBChB degrees. [1]A group of current students at the Edinburgh Medical School collected the degrees on behalf of these pioneering women who had enrolled for a degree in medicine  at the University of Edinburgh 150 years ago.[2] In the United Kingdom, the fight for women to qualify as doctors was …

Conference Review: The Network of American Periodical Studies Presents Serial [Gendered] Subjects: Periodicals, Identities, Communities, Northumbria University, September 20th, 2019 by Alexandra Abletshauser

Newcastle upon Tyne presented its best side when it welcomed the delegates of the recent Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) symposium, at Northumbria University, with sunshine and warm temperatures on Friday, September 20, 2019. This year’s symposium was hosted by the Humanities Research Institute and the Gendered Subjects Research Group at the Northumbria University. It was supported by the University of Sussex Centre for American Studies, the Women’s History Network (WHN) and the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).

The delegates consisted of scholars at various stages of their academic careers, hailing from Canada, Germany, Ireland and Britain. The …

Celebrating 100 years since Nancy Astor became the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons: Lisa Berry-Waite

This November marks 100 years since Nancy Astor won a Plymouth Sutton by-election, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. She inherited her seat from her husband Waldorf Astor, after he was elevated to the House of Lords following the death of his father, the first Viscount Astor. Astor’s historic election represented a new era for British politics; parliament was no longer a male-only space and for the first time a woman was able to directly influence legislation. The timely unveiling of Astor’s statue on Plymouth Hoe on 28 November, as part of …

NAPS Symposium (Session 1) – Mediating Gender in Magazines: Gender, Tension, and the Internal ‘Civil War’ of Magazines by Maxwell Donaldson

The recent Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) symposium, hosted at Northumbria University, was titled ‘Mediating Gender in Magazines’. The Women’s History Network (WHN) provided the travel stipend that allowed me to attend this event. During the morning session of the symposium three speakers presented different magazines, each with its own rich socio-historical and periodical context. Annabel Friedrichs gave a compelling argument for the exploitative commercialisation of the ‘New Woman’ in Up-to-Date – a topical, bi-weekly, humour magazine from the late nineteenth century. Afterwards, Barnaby Haran explored the complex relationship between Margaret Bourke-White, the renownedGirl Photographer’, and Fortune, Henry …