Teen magazines

In December 2018 I submitted my PhD thesis on twentieth century  teenage magazines, with the title ‘Interactions in the text: Girls’ magazines and their readers 1950–2000’. My supervisors are Dr Jane Potter and Dr Caroline Davis in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. A version of my chapter on ‘Becoming a woman’ was published in the Logos journal as ‘Interactions in the text: Becoming a woman in 1970s teen magazines’.

My annotated bibliography on magazines for teenagers is published by Oxford Bibliographies, and my paper ‘”Dangerous display”: Charlotte Yonge, Christabel Coleridge, and pseudonyms in the Monthly Packet was published by the Women’s History Magazine.

I have presented papers at conferences in the UK and USA on various topics around girls’ magazines, including how to find a boyfriend in Jackie magazine in the 1960s, problems of authenticity in working on letters to magazines, conversations about sexism in Mizz magazine in the 1990s, and learning about sex in teen magazines.