Women editors conducting deliberative democracy. A transnational study of liberty, equality, and justice in nineteenth-century periodicals

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2015 - 2020 (completed)



In this dissertation, I combine periodical theory and political theory, with insights from feminist criticism into the notion of deliberative democracy, to explore the transnational collaborative work and professional networks of four women who edited periodicals, or influenced editorship, during the nineteenth century. The dissertation is based on three case studies that are rooted in three different national perspectives (France, Sweden, and Britain). Each of these case studies builds, from its respective national background, a transnational vision (respectively France/Britain, Sweden/France/Britain, and Britain/France). I consider the careers and legacies of Swiss-born political thinker, novelist, and salonnièreGermaine de Staël during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire (1799 –1814), of Sophie Adlersparre and Rosalie Olivecrona, co-editors of the Swedish feminist periodical Tidskrift för hemmetin the beginning of the second half of the nineteenth century (1858 –1867), and finally of Rachel Beer, editor of the British weekly Observer, at the time of the Dreyfus affair (1897 –1899).




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