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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939The Interwar Period$
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Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green, and Fiona Hackney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412537

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.001.0001

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‘Dear Cinema Girls’: Girlhood, Picture-going, and the Interwar Film Magazine

‘Dear Cinema Girls’: Girlhood, Picture-going, and the Interwar Film Magazine

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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939

Lisa Stead

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the role of the interwar British fan magazine in mediating ideas about modern British girlhood. Film periodicals invited readers into a complex and unstable network of film-inflected girlhoods in a period during which youthful femininity was defined more closely in relation to class and marital status than age, and in which representations of unmarried working girls and young wives had complex roles to play in defining national culture. The chapter suggests that reading the interwar film magazine is a distinct new way to re-read the narrative of ‘home and duty’, complicating a domestic ideal by offsetting more glamorous images and alternative possibilities of modern femininity against more conservative discourses on female identity. It argues that print cultures of film affected ideas about girlhood, class, and mass culture in this way, allowing their readers to simultaneously assign, test out, and in some ways re-write girls’ culturally ascribed domestic roles.

Keywords:   film magazine, fan magazine, girlhood, femininity, class, mass culture, domestic

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