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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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‘The Lady Interviewer and her methods’: Chatter, Celebrity, and Reading Communities

‘The Lady Interviewer and her methods’: Chatter, Celebrity, and Reading Communities

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(p.170) 11 ‘The Lady Interviewer and her methods’: Chatter, Celebrity, and Reading Communities
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939
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Rebecca Roach

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0014

This chapter traces the figure of the female or ‘Lady Interviewer’ across the interwar period. A target of satire in the media, the Lady Interviewer was regularly conceived as a garrulous, gossiping figure. Yet she also had her real-life counterparts: women who used this stereotype to break into the print and broadcast media industries in increasing numbers, and who in turn supported the expansion of print media oriented towards women’s professional and social interests. Increasingly close associations between female journalists and Hollywood fan magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, would however, see a decline in the reputation of both the Lady Interviewer and her female readers. This chapter explores the constructions of specific reading communities forged through interviewing in popular media.

Keywords:   Gossip, Lady Interviewer, interviewing, Hollywood, fan magazines, reading communities, female journalists

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