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Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900sThe Victorian Period$
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Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433907.001.0001

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The Editor of the Period: Alice Corkran, the Girl’s Realm, and the Woman Editor

The Editor of the Period: Alice Corkran, the Girl’s Realm, and the Woman Editor

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(p.164) 11 The Editor of the Period: Alice Corkran, the Girl’s Realm, and the Woman Editor
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Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s
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Beth Rodgers

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433907.003.0012

In this essay, Beth Rodgers focuses attention on a middle-class monthly periodical that was self-consciously modern in its outlook, especially in terms of the models of girlhood it advanced. In addition to encouraging girls to cultivate lives outside the home through education and employment, the Girl’s Realm (1898–1915) further embodied its progressive 1890s moment through the prominent textual presence of its female editor, Alice Corkran (c.1847–1915). Through an analysis of Corkran’s monthly ‘Chat With the Girl of the Period’ column, Rodgers not only shows how the editor served as an exemplar of modern, female professionalism for the magazine’s girl readers but also demonstrates the significant platform afforded to those readers within the editorial space.

Keywords:   Girls’ magazines, Girl’s Realm, Alice Corkran, Woman editor, Modern girlhood, Female professionalism

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