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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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Documentary Feminism: Evelyn Sharp, the Women’s Pages, and the Manchester Guardian

Documentary Feminism: Evelyn Sharp, the Women’s Pages, and the Manchester Guardian

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(p.267) 17 Documentary Feminism: Evelyn Sharp, the Women’s Pages, and the Manchester Guardian
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939
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Barbara Green

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0021

This chapter explores the workings of the innovative “women’s page” of the Manchester Guardian during the interwar period in relation to the contributions of feminist journalist and former suffrage activist Evelyn Sharp. Sharp became a central contributor to feminist interwar debates concerning the meaning of domestic modernity, and she turned feminist attention to women’s domestic lives as well as their professional experiences. Following in the tradition of earlier socialist-feminist women’s pages, the Guardian’s women’s page juxtaposed treatments of expected materials such as cooking, fashion, and housework with essays on politics and feminism, book reviews, and cultural analysis. This chapter traces Sharp’s formal experimentation evidenced in a blending of documentary strategies with fictional ones, particularly in her writings on children and urban childhood.

Keywords:   Evelyn Sharp, women’s page, Manchester Guardian, documentary, children, urban childhood, domestic modernity, feminist

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