The Return of the Long-Form Profile: A Case Study of the Quarterly Essay and The Monthly in Australia


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The Women's Penny Paper was launched on Saturday 27 October 1888, a weekly with the express aim of promoting the rights of women in England and across the world. This paper argues that the profiles featured prominently provided a trailblazing model, turning the profile to new, virtuous account, and helping envision a progressive community of women in the face of constraining cultural stereotypes. The paper's aim to promote women's political progress is explicitly aligned with leading with an exemplar of an excellent, accomplished woman. Despite the earnestness with which they seek to demonstrate achievement and excellence, Women's Penny Paper/Woman's Herald profiles (WPP/WH profiles) also betray conflicts that reflect the pervasive influence of the gender constructions they sought to modify. The WPP/WH recuperated the interview genre by extending it into a profile of excellence, and making it fundamental to the feminist agenda of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfile Pieces: Journalism and the 'Human Interest' Bias
Subtitle of host publicationJournalism and the 'Human Interest' Bias
EditorsSue Joseph, Richard Lance Keeble
Place of PublicationNew York and London
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317383536
ISBN (Print)9781138938052
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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