By Margaret Beetham
Just like the corset, the women's magazines which emerged within the 19th century produced a `natural' inspiration of femininity: the family spouse; the modern girl; the romancing and fascinating woman. Their legacy, from soreness aunts to model plates, are simply traced of their smooth opposite numbers. yet do those magazines and their offers empower or disempower their readers? of Her personal? is a full of life and revealing exploration of this immensely well known shape from its beginnings. In interesting aspect Margaret Beetham investigates the needs, pictures and interpretations of femininity posed by way of a medium whose readership used to be and nonetheless is sort of solely lady. of Her personal is without delay a chronological tracing of the background, a set of exciting case stories and an intervention into fresh debates approximately gender and sexuality in well known studying. it's a e-book which somebody who's attracted to the original, influential international of the woman's journal - scholars, students and basic readers alike - probably want to learn
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1 It is not surprising, then, to find fiction occupying a substantial proportion of space in these magazines. Most of these stories were what one reader called ‘larmoyanty love-tales’, centred around a female protagonist, but not all were of this type (Cruse 1930: 192). The most famous series in the Lady’s Magazine was Miss Mitford’s ‘Our Village’, which appeared from 1819, establishing the fame of the author and ‘the fortune of the lucky periodical’ (Adburgham 1972:232; Cruse 1930:193). Nevertheless, ‘love and marriage’ dominated periodical fiction (LMI 1798:298).
Nevertheless these articles, and the occasional series by Mrs Hofland called ‘A Bachelors Recollections’ which replaced them in the 1830s, had an important role in the magazine. The Old Woman s persona as the defender of women’s moral influence represented the most persistent pressure in the magazine to define femininity exclusively in domestic terms. S. II 1805:193). These exhortations were necessary precisely because the model of femininity to hich she constantly returned was a transgressive one, that of the ‘miss… ask[ing] advice respecting a lover’ and the ‘wife forgetting her duty to her husband’.
2). Nine months later, in November 1806, a rival publication was launched by Bell’s son, John Browne Bell. Le Beau Monde or Literary and Fashionable Magazine imitated La Belle Assemblée but instead of being addressed exclusively to the ladies it gave the concept of ‘the fashionable’ a masculine connotation. Where La Belle Assemblée’s first portrait was of the Queen, and its fashion-plates and dress descriptions were of women, Le Beau Monde’s first portrait was of the King and its plates showed fashionable ‘gentlemen’ as well as furniture and carriages.