The Virago Story: Assessing The Impact Of A Feminist Publishing Phenomenon

The Virago Story: Assessing The Impact Of A Feminist Publishing Phenomenon
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The 1970s witnessed a renaissance in womens print culture, as feminist presses and bookshops sprang up in the wake of the second-wave womens movement. At four decades remove from that heady era, however, the landscape looks dramatically different, with only one press from the period still active in contemporary publishing: Virago. This engaging history explains how, from modest beginnings, Virago managed to weather epochal transformations in gender politics, literary culture, and the book publishing business. Drawing on original interviews with many of the press's principal figures, it gives a compelling account of Viragos place in recent women's history while also reflecting on the fraught relationship between activism and commerce.

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