Chrysalis, A Magazine of Women’s Culture

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 While Chrysalis produced only ten issues from 1978 to 1980,  the magazine of women’s culture proved quite important.  In her study of feminist academic journals, Patrice McDermott argues that Chrysalis provoked academic feminists into responding to the concept of women’s culture.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 “When Chrysalis first appeared , the original editors of Feminist Studies realized that new territorial boundaries  were being negotiated and identifying choices had to be made …  feminist studies literary editor Rachel duPleissis wrote to a contributor that she believed  that Feminist Studies would have to accommodate women’s culture in order to survive.” (144)

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 McDermott claims that  feminist periodicals with university affiliations like Signs, Feminist Studies and Frontiers  limited “representations of women’s culture in their pages,” (144-145), while Chrysalis could explore the concept from a wide range of approaches, many of which contravened the increasingly academic conventions in women’s studies journals.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Academic historians of the emerging concept of women’s culture began publishing in a magazine produced at the major site of contemporary women’s culture, the Los Angeles Woman’s Building.  In issue one Dolores Hayden’s “Redesigning the domestic workspace”  which eventually became her groundbreaking work The grand domestic revolution, and preceded the publication of her article in Signs, appeared alongside “Happy Birthday America” a graphic by Mary Beth Edestein and accompanying prose by Arlene Raven commissioned by the Editors.  The third issue of Chrysalis contained an astounding array of articles from Audre Lorde’s Poetry is Not  a Luxury, to Blanche Weisen Cook’s “female support networks and  Political Activism” to an interview with Kate Millett, then an artist-in-residence at the Woman’s Building.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The connections between these worlds was noted by Leila Rupp in her 1981 review of the status of 20th century women’s history.  Even in footnotes to histories produced today, the legacy of Chrysalis remains.  Reflections on Twentieth-Century American Women’s History  Leila J. Rupp Reviews in American History, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Jun., 1981), pp. 275-284

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7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Issue 4 dinner party article, jane Caputi’s etymology of the term glamour which eventually became part of her book on sex crimes 1987  and a review by Joan Kelly  No 5 Jo Freeman, CRISES AND CONFLICTS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS, Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture, No. 5, 1978, pp. 43-51. No 6 excerpt from daly on the fire of female friendships that could be a companion piece to the more academic “smashing” by Sahli in issue no 8 as well as a convesntional academic piece by respected scholars Stanley and and wolfe on female asethetics in women’s literature  No 8 smashing alongside Antin’s assumption of various personae, including historical figures Nightengale “dialogue between past and present” 49 refigures Nightingale as protofeminsit “a parallel between antin’s relation to the professional art world and Florence Nightingale relation to the medical profession” (51)

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 p. 62 needed 33000 to break even ‪Women’s periodicals in the United States: social and political issues‬ By Kathleen L. Endres, Therese L. Lueck

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 endres and lueck position chrysalis between academc signs and popular ms. P59

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Each issues of Chrysalis contained at least three “scholarly articles” alongside art, poetry, and movement perspectives.


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