Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture
Pressing for Change

Cláudia Pazos Alonso

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 35

Legenda

  21 January 2020  •  250pp

ISBN: 978-1-781887-99-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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This monograph offers the first full-length account of the political intervention of the nineteenth-century journalist, novelist and translator Francisca de Assis Martins Wood (1802-1900). Her unusual profile included several decades spent in England, which shaped her perception of Portugal. Why then was her intriguing life-story not examined earlier? And why did mid-nineteenth century female authorship remain neglected for so long in Portuguese cultural memory? After revisiting such matters with fresh eyes, the focus turns to the pioneer weekly periodical that Wood headed for two years, A Voz Feminina, later rebranded O Progresso.

Crucially, during an age when the transnational circulation of ideas became amplified through the press, the cosmopolitan Wood cultivated strategic connections with early suffragists across Europe. In a string of remarkable editorials, she tackled Church hegemony and pushed for women’s rights. Her daring anticlerical thinking in the late 1860s, which anticipated an agenda more readily associated to this day with the work of Eça de Queirós, stands out for the sheer modernity of its gender analysis. One hundred and fifty years on, this study uncovers the backlash against Wood’s progressive views, led by another Lisbon-based periodical, Bem Público [The Public Good], and reclaims this salient public intellectual as a worthy precursor of Portuguese first-wave feminism.

Cláudia Pazos Alonso is Professor of Portuguese and Gender Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College.

Contents:

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Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture: Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture
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vii-ix
Table of Contents
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x-xii
Acknowledgements
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1-24
Introduction: Pressing Matters
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25-54
Chapter 1 Piecing Together the Life-Histories of Francisca De Assis Martins Wood and William Thorold Wood
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55-82
Chapter 2 in the Public Eye: Women in Print Culture (1848–1867)
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83-110
Chapter 3 the Editor and Her Team
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111-138
Chapter 4 Questioning Subordi/nation
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139-158
Chapter 5 Activism Through Open Letters
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159-184
Chapter 6 Spreading the Word
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185-194
Conclusion
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195-216
Bibliography
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217-224
Appendix 1. Tipografia Luso-Britânica
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225-226
Appendix 2. List of Editorials By Francisca Wood
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227-230
Appendix 3. List of Editorials (alphabetically By Author)
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231-238
Index
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Alonso, Cláudia Pazos, Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture: Pressing for Change, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 35 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Cláudia Pazos Alonso, Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture: Pressing for Change, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 35 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Alonso, p. 47.

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Alonso, Cláudia Pazos. 2020. Francisca Wood and Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture: Pressing for Change, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 35 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Alonso 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Alonso 2020: 21.

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