1st Edition

Women's Magazines in Print and New Media

Edited By Noliwe Rooks, Victoria Pass, Ayana Weekley Copyright 2017
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book contributes to our collective understanding of the significance of representations of women and gender in magazines in both their print and online forms. The essays are authored by scholars, writers and cultural producers in fields such as art, film and visual studies, literature, critical race studies, communications, broadcast and print journalism, history, and women and gender studies. Taken as a whole, the volume offers historical breadth and perspectives that are transnational and cross-racial on women in magazines and digital media in a variety of ways. It examines how women are represented, how women have created and produced magazines and how women make meaning of themselves and their world using magazines as key sources of information.

    Introduction: Reading Race and Gender/Writing Identity and Culture

    [Noliwe Rooks]

    Section I: Narrative Constructions of Race and Gender

    Introduction to Section I

    [Ayana Weekley]

    1. Debating the College Woman: The Ladies’ Home Journal and Middle-Class White Womanhood, 1890-1920

    [Michele Curran Cornell]

    2. What’s Your Face Value?: The Businessman in 1930s Shaving Ads

    [Danielle Wetmore]

    3. Respectable Activists: Media Images of Women in the NAACP During the Early Civil Rights Era

    [Caroline Emmons]

    4. When AIDS Arrived: HIV/AIDS Coverage in Essence and Cosmopolitan

    [Ayana Weekley]

    Section II: Between Production and Reception

    Introduction to Section II

    [Victoria Pass]

    5. Soul Sister Journey: Essence Magazine and Travel Columns During the "Me" Decade

    [Siobhon Carter-David]

    6. The Woman’s Era: Constructing Black Women’s Political Identity in the Late 19th Century

    [Utaukwa Allen]

    7. Beneath the Surface and Between the Lines: Lesbian Form in Postwar Seventeen

    [Rebecca Burditt]

    8. Blackface en Vogue: Racialized Representations in the Fashion Magazine

    [Julia Brilling]

    9. Encountering Africa in Vogue: Irving Penn’s African Essays

    [Victoria Pass]

    Section III: From Creation to Cultural Analysis

    Introduction to Section III

    [Noliwe Rooks]

    10. "White Trash" Celebrity: Shame and Display

    [Hannah Yelin]

    11. An Interview with Kimberly N. Foster, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, For Harriet

    [Noliwe Rooks and Ashley Black]

    12. #TeamLightSkin v. #TeamDarkSkin: Colorism on Twitter

    [Sherri Williams]

    13. Interview with Tamura Lomax, Co-Founder and Editor, The Feminist Wire

    [Noliwe Rooks and Ashley Black]

    Section IV: Resources for Scholars

    14. Women in Print Magazines and New Media: A Bibliography 


    Noliwe Rooks is Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies at Cornell University.

    Victoria Rose Pass is Assistant Professor of Art History at Salisbury University.

    Ayana K. Weekley is an Assistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies program at Grand Valley State University.

    "The essays in Women’s Magazines in Print and New Media represent an exciting collection that offers historical context and modern perspectives of magazines, from print publications to online periodicals and social media. An interdisciplinary effort, the book represents the work of scholars from diverse fields—including film and visual studies, journalism, critical race studies, history, and gender studies."
    Paola Banchero, University of Alaska Anchorage, Journal of Magazine Media