ERIC Number: ED198543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Genteel Tradition? Images of Women in the 1919 Volume of Century.
Mills, Eva B.
An analysis of "Century" magazine from November 1919 to April 1920 reveals that women were most likely to be characters in a short story or serialized novels. The stereotypic portrayal of the American female in the nonfiction pieces as "schoolmarm,""silly school girl," or "wife/mother" seems strange when one considers that "Century" was consciously addressing itself to current social, political, economic, and cultural issues. The magazine failed to feature even a short article on the women's suffrage movement. Most of the articles were of interest to both men and women, but none was of interest primarily to women. "Century" did not slight women writers, however--at least not short story writers and poets. But even the women writers portrayed women as romantic, "ideal" women and those characters that failed to conform to that ideal found only unhappiness. Fortunately, some of the characters challenged the ideal and images, proving that women could stand alone and like it and could occasionally break through social and moral conventions without being punished. Perhaps the editor of "Century" deserves the benefit of the doubt in the suggestion that he fostered an image of women as being as interested as men in the adventures and events of the day. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Century Magazine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South (9th, Winston-Salem, NC, October 16-18, 1980).