20th-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page

Kate Macdonald writes:


20th-Century British Periodicals

Words and Art on the Printed Page

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-19.00

Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading

£35 / £15, includes lunch and drinks reception

This conference supports current scholarship on twentieth-century British periodicals beyond the study of the ‘little’ magazine and avant-garde publications. Twenty-six speakers on aspects of mainstream and specialist periodicals, illustrated magazines, fashion magazines, women’s magazines, art periodicals, trade journals, and political and campaigning magazines will finally get the scholarly attention they deserve.

The conference is coordinated by Dr Kate Macdonald, a Teaching Fellow at DEL, and Emma West, a postgraduate at Cardiff University. By focusing on both words and images, this conference aims to bring the specialist collector and the art historian to the table, to share knowledge of commercial and artistic figures and movements with publishing and book historians.

Twenty-six speakers will be presenting their papers on 4 July 2017 in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading, UK, in a full and delightful day of discussion.

Highlights include:

  • Knitting and lower-middle-class status in Woman’s Weekly, 1958
  • Marxism Today and the transformation of images, from slogans to selling, during the ‘Designer Decade’, 1979-90
  • ”Now Form a Band”: Aesthetics in British punk and independent popular music periodicals since the 1970s
  • Kerrang! and the representation of heavy metal’s masculinity: A content analysis of Kerrang! cover images from 1981-1995
  • Rhythm, the Blue Review, and the Adelphi: John Middleton Murry as editor and advertiser
  • SK8 and Destroy – How R.A.D. magazine spread the graphic language of revolt and subversion
  • Woman appeal: shaping modern feminine imaginaries in 1920s and 1930s British women’s magazines
  • The Architectural Review and modern architecture for the interested ‘layman’, 1927-1972
  • The eternal boy: Images of Edwardian masculinity in the Boy’s Own Paper
  • ‘Corresponding with the editor? Readers’ commentaries on abortion and unmarried motherhood in The Freewoman, 1911-1912
  • Mobilising The Red Cross Journal. A charity’s journal in wartime, 1914-1919


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About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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