An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia

Duke University Press, 23 may. 2001 - 321 páginas
Journalism has long been a major factor in defining the opinions of Russia’s literate classes. Although women participated in nearly every aspect of the journalistic process during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, female editors, publishers, and writers have been consistently omitted from the history of journalism in Imperial Russia. An Improper Profession offers a more complete and accurate picture of this history by examining the work of these under-appreciated professionals and showing how their involvement helped to formulate public opinion.

In this collection, contributors explore how early women journalists contributed to changing cultural understandings of women’s roles, as well as how class and gender politics meshed in the work of particular individuals. They also examine how female journalists adapted to—or challenged—censorship as political structures in Russia shifted. Over the course of this volume, contributors discuss the attitudes of female Russian journalists toward socialism, Russian nationalism, anti-Semitism, women’s rights, and suffrage. Covering the period from the early 1800s to 1917, this collection includes essays that draw from archival as well as published materials and that range from biography to literary and historical analysis of journalistic diaries.

By disrupting conventional ideas about journalism and gender in late Imperial Russia, An Improper Profession should be of vital interest to scholars of women’s history, journalism, and Russian history.

Contributors. Linda Harriet Edmondson, June Pachuta Farris, Jehanne M Gheith, Adele Lindenmeyr, Carolyn Marks, Barbara T. Norton, Miranda Beaven Remnek, Christine Ruane, Rochelle Ruthchild, Mary Zirin


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Female Readers Fiction and the Periodical Press in the Reign of Nicholas I
The Journalisms of Evgeniia Tur and Avdotia Panaeva
The Development of a Fashion Press in Late Imperial Russia
The Rise of the Russian Womens Magazine in the 1880s
From Merchant Wife to Feminist Journalist
Russian Women Reporters and the Balkan Crises of the Late 1870s
Four Feminist Journalists Mariia Chekhova Liubov Gurevich Mariia Pokrovskaia and Ariadna Tyrkova
Feminist Separatism in Theory and Practice
The Early Career of Ekaterina Kuskova
A Bibliographic Essay
Checklist of Women Journalists in Imperial Russia
List of Contributors
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Barbara T. Norton is Professor of History at Widener University.

Jehanne M Gheith is Associate Professor of Slavic and Women's Studies at Duke University.

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