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Sep 21 2017 12:00pm

The Quiet Revolution: Victorian Women & the Periodical Press

Yuletide Truce by Sandra Schwab

Today we're thrilled to welcome Sandra Schwab (Yuletide Truce) has done a lot of research for her Victorian romances. While in historical periods it's often assumed that women were oppressed, there was a quiet revolution going on behind closed doors—and amidst the pages of periodicals. Sandra is here today to talk about Victorian women and the plans they put into action for equality. Thanks, Sandra!

I fell in love with Victorian periodicals back in 2010, when I was invited to give a paper at the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. The conference was held at Yale, which was nerve-racking enough, but what really blew my mind was the camaraderie among the scholars in this field—and the sheer breadth of the field itself. That conference was a revelation, and I was hooked.

Upon my return home, I immediately started to forage around the online catalogues of antique bookshops, and a few weeks later, several huge packages containing all volumes of the satirical magazine Punch from 1841-1891 arrived on my doorstep. (I think the nice UPS man was a bit taken aback that I nearly burst into tears when I opened the door and saw him.) The 154 pounds of Mr. Punch moved into my sitting room, and for the next five years, my academic research focused on this particular magazine — and soon influenced my fiction as well.

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