The importance of print media in 19th century Britain: how it influenced the idealised role of femininity

Vickery, Lauren (2012) The importance of print media in 19th century Britain: how it influenced the idealised role of femininity. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The media industry is often regarded as a relatively new phenomenon. However, this dissertation has been produced to explore the influence of print media on women during the second half of the nineteenth-century, after the Industrial Revolution. Ultimately, it will argue that this part of the nineteenth-century is significant in terms of gender, for the reason that women were stereotypically deemed inferior to men. Although, this was contradicted by the fact that Britain was under reign of a woman at this time.
    The media, it can be argued, acted as platform that imposed specific social expectations on consumers. This dissertation is specifically concerned with print media because it could be positioned within the home. This dissertation analyses a selection of newspaper articles, 'Beeton’s Book of Household Management' and 'The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine' in order to validate this idea. Through this analysis, it is clear that social expectations surrounding class were also extremely important. Overall, the dissertation outlines the importance of different print media forms, acting as a vital part within society, thus influencing the everyday lives of women during the nineteenth-century.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 16:33
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14094

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