The demand for popular literature, magazines and newspapers greatly expanded in the nineteenth century, as levels of literacy rose and newspapers became cheaper. Women formed an important readership for this burgeoning literature. They also made their contribution as authors, whether as journalists, social commentators, or purveyors of advice and instruction.
Dundee-based publishing played an important role in this process through titles such as the People’s Friend, and People’s Journal.
Drawing on the recent book Scottish Women: A Documentary History, 1780-1914, the talk will discuss what popular publications and newspapers tell us about the lives of nineteenth-century women in Dundee and other parts of Scotland, and ask whether established views of female behaviour corresponded to the reality of women’s lives
Join us in the relaxed atmosphere of the McManus Café for a short talk followed by your chance to ask questions and discuss the topic.
Everyone is welcome. Free. Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. This event is likely to last one hour.