Women periodicals in the new woman print culture of fin-de-sìècle britain.
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Author/sFont Paz, Carme
The 1890s saw an increasing feminization of the literary marketplace, as more than a hundred novels representing the ‘New Woman’ defying the conventional Victorian marriage plot and values were published. Contemporary print culture was aware of the emergence of a type of woman who was educated, independent-minded, and eager to consume both ction and journalism. Focusing on four long issues of the magazine Womanhood (1894-1904), this article will explore the ways it departed from ‘family’ papers and emerged as an outlet for much of the New Woman thought. Womanhood sought to change the reading strategies of women by empowering them to gain a critical and crucial knowledge of social realities. Thus, ‘New Woman’ did not necessarily construct a gender identity in relation to the text, but developed a knowledge and empowerment of the female self by the act of reading print culture and novels in a new light. La década de 1890 fue testigo de una creciente feminización del mercado literario c...