Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics
by Simone Murray
Pluto Press, 2004
Paper: 978-0-7453-2015-1 | Cloth: 978-0-7453-2016-8
Library of Congress Classification Z286.F45M87 2004

Mixed Media is the first book about the feminist press movement which transformed the publishing industry, literary culture and educational curricula during the last quarter of the 20th century. It is both a survey of the movement internationally and a detailed critique of its long-term impact. Feminist presses are described as 'mixed media', always attempting to balance politics with profit-making. Using a series of detailed case studies, Simone Murray highlights the specific debates through which this dilemma plays out: the nature of independence; the politics of race; feminist publishing and the academy; radical writing and publishing practice; and feminism's interface with mainstream publishing. The book both catches the recent mood of reassessment at feminist publishing's apparent passing, as well as engaging with the fast-growing disciplines of cultural industries, media production and arts management. Mixed Media is an invaluable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and academic researchers in the fields of publishing studies, cultural/media studies and gender/women's studies.
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