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When Scotswomen Ran the Press: a talk by Dr Juliet Shields
Wed 24 May 2017, 15:30 – 16:30 BST
Magazines dominated the literary marketplace in nineteenth-century Scotland, from the elite, such as Blackwood’s Magazine, to the popular, such as The People’s Friend. Women played crucial roles in the rise of the Scottish periodical press as editors, columnists, and, most notably, as authors of fiction, writing the novels that appeared by installments in the pages of magazines. Unlike books, magazines aren't made to last, and so these women's stories have all but disappeared from libraries and bookshops. This talk aims to make their work known to a wider public. It will focus on three of the most powerful and prolific of the many Scotswomen who kept the nineteenth-century periodical press running. Join us for tea and cake and to welcome Juliet Shields to Dundee to hear more about these remarkable women and their overlooked stories.
Dr Juliet Shields is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (2016/17) and Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature. Her current research project, “The Romance of Everyday Life: Scottish Women’s Writing, 1815-1939,” explores a long-neglected tradition of women's writing that has been overshadowed by the historical romances of Walter Scott and the adventures stories of Robert Louis Stevenson.