Women and the Media
Feminism and Femininity in Britain, 1900 to the Present
Edited by Maggie Andrews, Sallie McNamara
To Be Published November 1st 2013 by Routledge – 288 pages
The media have played a significant role in the contested and changing social position of women in Britain since the 1900s. They have facilitated feminism by both providing discourses and images from which women can construct their identities, and offering spaces where hegemonic ideas of femininity can be reworked. This volume is intended to provide an overview of work on Broadcasting, Film and Print Media from 1900, while appealing to scholars of History and Media, Film and Cultural Studies.
This edited collection features tightly focused and historically contextualised case studies which showcase current research on women and media in Britain since the 1900s. The case studies explore media directed at a particularly female audience such as Woman’s Hour, and magazines such as Vogue, Woman and Marie Claire. Women who work in the media, issues of production, and regulation are discussed alongside the representation of women across a broad range of media from early twentieth century motorcycling magazines, Page 3 and regional television news.
Introduction Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara Part I: Women and Media in the Era of Enfranchisement 1900-1939 1. Elated, Exhilarated and Emancipated": Representations of Women’s Motorcycle Riding in the Motorcycling Media 1903 – 1914 Rosey Whorlow 2. Patriotism, Politics, and Peace: Film’s Mythologizing of Nurse Edith Carvell Maggie Andrews 3. ‘From ‘Women’s Hour’ to ‘Other Women’s Lives’: The BBC and Programmes for Women between the Wars Kate Murphy 4. Lady Eleanor Smith: The Society Column 1927–1930 Sallie McNamara 5. From Anonymity to Celebrity: Personal Advice Columnists in the Popular Press, 1930s-1990s Melanie Tebbutt Part II:Women in War and Peace – the 1940s and 1950s 6.A View from the Frontline: The War Photography of Lee Miller Janet Harrison 7.Prostitution, Adultery and Illegitimacy: Tortuous Couplings and Unstable Sexual Repression in Wartime Film Maggie Andrews 8. A Strive for Editorial Autonomy and Internal Recognition: The Setting up of BBC’s Woman’s Hour 1946-1955 Kristin Skoog 9. "Women’s Viewpoint" – Representing and Constructing Femininity in Early 1950s Television for Women Mary Irwin 10. "But What about Mum?" Journalist, Architect, Wife, Mother: Diana Rowntree Glenda Strong Part III: Cultural Revolution ? The Long 1960s and the 1970s11. Women and Woman: Representations of Femininity in the "World’s Greatest Weekly For Women" 1954-1969 Rachel Ritchie 12. The Gendering of Racism in Social Problem Films Maggie Andrews 13."Should Women Be Bus Drivers?" Defending a Permanent Position for Women on the Buses in ATV’s Regional Television News, 1963-1979 Gillian Murray 14. Pin up culture and page 3 in the popular press Adrian Bingham Part IV: 80s and 90s – The decades of Thatcherism 15. Fantasies of Hyper- Femininity on the Small Screen Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara 16. The Iron Lady and the Working Girl: The Image of the Prostitute in 1980s British Cinema Paul Elliot 17.What’s Luff got to do with It? : Teenage Magazines, Sexuality and Regulation in the 1990s Fan Carter 18. Feminism and Femininity the Potential Politics of Consuming Popular Culture: A Case Study of Marie Claire’s Reportage of Global Humanitarian Politics Maggie Andrews Part V: Contemporary Media 19. I Told you I was Trouble: Judging Amy (Winehouse) – reconstructing the Post-feminist poster girl of the 1990s Jo Turney20. Big Sister TV: Bossiness, Bullying and Banter in Early 21st Century Make-Over Television Angela Smith21. Boredom and Reinvention for the Female Gaze within Personal Fashion Blogs Jennifer Anyan22. Fantasies, Factions and Unlikely Feminist heroines in contemporary heritage films Maggie Andrews
Maggie Andrews is Associate Head of the Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts at the University of Worcester, UK.
Sallie McNamara is Professor of Communications and Writing at Southampton Solent University, UK.