An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia

TitleAn Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsGheith, Jehanne M., and Barbara T. Norton
Number of Pages321
PublisherDuke University Press
CityDurham, NC

Journalism has long been a major factor in defining the opinions of Russia's literate classes. Although women participated in nearly every aspect of the journalistic process during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, female editors, publishers, and writers have been consistently omitted from the history of journalism in Imperial Russia. This volume offers a more complete and accurate picture of this history by examining the work of these underappreciated professionals and showing how their improvement helped to formulate public opinion. In this collection, contributors explore how early women journalists contributed to changing cultural understandings of women's roles, as well as how class and gender politics meshed in the work of particular individuals. They also examine how female journalists adapted to--or challenged--censorship as political structures in Russia shifted. Over the course of this volume, contributors discuss the attitudes of female Russian journalists toward socialism, Russian nationalism, anti-Semitism, women's rights, and suffrage. Covering the period from the early 1800s to 1917, this collection includes essays that draw from archival as well as published materials that range from biographies to literary and historical analyses of journalistic diaries.

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