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Time and TideThe Feminist and Cultural Politics of a Modern Magazine$
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Catherine Clay

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418188

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418188.001.0001

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‘The Weekly Crowd. By Chimaera’: Collective Identities and Radical Culture

‘The Weekly Crowd. By Chimaera’: Collective Identities and Radical Culture

(p.41) Chapter 2 ‘The Weekly Crowd. By Chimaera’: Collective Identities and Radical Culture
Time and Tide

Catherine Clay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines one of Time and Tide’s long-running features – ‘The Weekly Crowd’ contributed pseudonymously by the poet and children’s writer Eleanor Farjeon – and explores the magazine’s relationship to the labour movement and networks associated with the socialist press. Inflected by Farjeon’s socialism and pacifism the topical commentary in ‘The Weekly Crowd’ frequently subverted Time and Tide’s editorial position on such issues as Ireland, British foreign policy and the General Strike, and offered a radically different perspective on debates about work and leisure in the periodical. At the same time, close analysis of this feature shows that Farjeon’s radical voice became an integral part of the paper, and that the subversive energies of her verses became a resource for strengthening the collective identities offered by Time and Tide across socialist as well as feminist audiences.

Keywords:   Time and Tide, Eleanor Farjeon, work, leisure, socialist press, labour movement

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