'Trust to me always': an analysis of women's magazine fiction

Fowler, B. (1979) 'Trust to me always': an analysis of women's magazine fiction. British Journal of Sociology, 30(1), pp. 91-119. (doi:10.2307/589503)

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Abstract

This article explores the plot structures and images of society contained in the fiction of cheap magazines for women. It is suggested that the writers' world-view vacillates between heroic individualism and fatalism. There is no evidence of any sustained radical critique of society, despite the choice of the 1930S as the period from which the magazines were sampled. In the absence of any close correspondence with models from the elite nostel, attention is drawn to the problem of how the popular writer aims the stories to be read. For this reason, one story is analysed in depth indicating the devices used to signal the preferred meaning of character, plot action, etc. The particular function of domestic stories is to provide 'pastoral' advice on how life can and should be lived.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fowler, Professor Bridget
Authors: Fowler, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Sociology
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0007-1315
ISSN (Online):1468-4446

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