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Combined Media is the 1st e-book concerning the feminist press flow which remodeled the publishing undefined, literary tradition and academic curricula over the last region of the twentieth century. it really is either a survey of the stream the world over and a close critique of its long term effect. Feminist presses are defined as 'mixed media', regularly trying to stability politics with profit-making. utilizing a chain of unique case reviews, Simone Murray highlights the categorical debates wherein this trouble performs out: the character of independence; the politics of race; feminist publishing and the academy; radical writing and publishing perform; and feminism's interface with mainstream publishing. The e-book either catches the hot temper of reassessment at feminist publishing's obvious passing, in addition to enticing with the fast-growing disciplines of cultural industries, media construction and humanities administration. combined Media is a useful source for undergraduates, postgraduates and educational researchers within the fields of publishing reports, cultural/media experiences and gender/women's reviews.

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I sometimes get asked to write things for them. We’re a gang now, aren’t we? You get asked, you’re on people’s visiting lists, it’s nice they still remember you. This is all about the 1980s and about being on the make, which was very much despised and disliked by me and lots of my radical feminist mates, but people settle down. There’s nothing wrong in wanting work that’s interesting, or enough money, or a relationship: sometimes I do find it very twee, that’s all. For one thing I think a lot of feminist writing has become dominated by the market.

11 Not to be outdone in terms of self-referentiality, Dale Spender and Cheris Kramarae in the introduction to their anthology of women’s studies scholarship, The Knowledge Explosion (1992), delineate a necessary sphere of research even as they lament its absence from the pages of their own collection: That this considerable publishing achievement [by women] so enmeshed with the knowledge explosion and so open to challenge has been the focus of so little attention within Women’s Studies is one omission; that it has not been pursued in more detail in these pages is another.

1 The sale, and the flurry of negative publicity that surrounded it, represented a critical phase not only for Virago, but for feminist publishing as a whole, as falling profits and uninspiring frontlists forced reconsideration of feminist publishing’s agenda – a thorough-going industry soul-searching of the kind that Virago had not undertaken publicly in the course of its 23-year history. For this reason, the 1995 sale of Virago serves as a critical vantage point from which to survey the press’s history and against which the company’s post-1996 relaunch can be measured.

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