The Lady’s Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre

The project’s aim was to shed new light on one of the first and longest running monthly women’s magazines through a detailed bibliographical, statistical and literary-critical analysis of one of the first recognisably modern magazines for women from its inception in 1770 until the launch of its new series in 1818.

The project has produced a freely-accessible and fully annotated index of the magazine’s content for its first 48 years. Titles of articles are accompanied by author names or pseudonyms.  Attributions have been made and sources given for non-original content wherever possible. Since the titles of articles are often misleading (an article purporting to be about women’s dress might make a impassioned plea for reforms in female education, for instance), content has been tagged by genre, key stylistic features and prominent keywords (marriage, education, politics, for example).