Dr Laurel Forster
Reader in Cultural History
As Reader in Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth, I have interests in women's cultures, print media and feminism. I have published on the representation of women in a range of media including film, television and radio, and on women's writing. including the work of May Sinclair, a modernist writer. I am paticularly intersted in the way periodicals serve women's political and personal aspirations.
My research interests fall into a number of related areas including women’s writing, women’s cultures, feminism, and media representations of women. I have a particular research and publication interest in women’s magazines and their cultural contexts. Magazines, lifestyle television, television drama, novels, short stories and science fiction are all media forms and genres which interest me and have informed my writing. Recent publications include work on feminism and women’s magazines; modernism, war and May Sinclair; and 1970s British television. I have completed a monograph on women’s magazines, called Magazine Movements, which examines the political and social impact some magazines have had on British women’s history. I am currently preparing a second monograph on women's cultures and the media.