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This ebook integrates new fabric from the eighteenth and 19th century periodical press, examine with modern readers, the authors' serious examining of prior and current magazines and a transparent dialogue of theoretical techniques from literary feedback, sociology and cultural conception. the advance of the style, and its half within the ancient strategy of forging smooth definitions of gender, classification and race are analysed via serious readings and a dialogue of readers' negotiations with the contradictory pleasures of the journal and its constricting perfect of femininity.

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The celebration of transgression and that of its opposite, the rational unity of the subject, remain twin central and contradictory motifs of western. philosophy. Under the influence of Freudian theories of subjectivity, some feminist theorists have turned to a celebration of the dissolution of self-identity as the exercise of feminine power. The striving for autonomy, unity, erectness (all central Enlightenment concepts) are understood as masculine qualities that are finally destructive and alienating, while feminine fluidity and non-self-identity ~ffers the possibility of liberation from oppressive social structures and norms (lrigaray, 1981).

Data gathered by social scientists is always already encoded. This is obviously the case in our own research, which largely took the form of recordings of groups of women talking about women's magazines. The accounts we have gathered are, of course, dictated by conventions of what it is possible to say about women's magazines, what one says to a researcher, how talk is conducted in a discussion group, during an interview, or when filling in a questionnaire. Women's talk about magazines does, however, tell us about the discourses about magazines and the reading of magazines available in our culture.

An image of a naive proletariat hoodwinked by a nefarious bourgeoisie is replaced only by that of the human subject trapped by a web of linguistic structures (Barrett, 1980, pp. 86-93; J. Thompson, 1984, pp. 96-98). Agency becomes another linguistic illusion. Although Althusser's original essay poses problems for feminists in its assertion that ideological state apparatuses function to uphold the capitalist class order paying no attention to the 24 Women's Worlds question of gender 'interpellation' in the production of the human subject, feminists have adopted and adapted his argument.

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