Inventing the New Woman: Print Culture and Identity Politics during the Fin-De-Siècle

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Tusan, Michelle Elizabeth. “Inventing the New Woman: Print Culture and Identity Politics during the Fin-De-Siècle.” Victorian Periodicals Review 31.2 (1998): 169-182. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.

This article analyzes feminist representations of The New Woman in fin-de-siècle women’s press (depicted as resembling more masculine qualities) and how they contrast the overly sexualized New Woman seen in other periodicals at the time. Tusan argues that “an attempt to create a respectable image for political women through the invention of the identity of the New Woman took place in the woman’s press from 1893-1897. Simultaneously, a counter image of the New Woman as a dystopic vision of a society gone wrong was promoted by mainstream press” (169). In this way, two contrasting illustrations of the New Woman are represented. Thus, the article is beneficial in exploring the context of The New Woman by examining opposing representations of this female figure in fin-de-siècle print culture.