Hiromi KONO
   Department   Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages  , Department of English Studies for Careers
   Position   Professor
Research Period 2013/04~2016/03
Research Topic The Relation Between The Nineteenth Century British Female Social Reformers and The Victctorian Periodicals
Research Type KAKENHI Research
KAKENHI Grant No. 25370333
KAKENHI CategoryEnglish literature and literature in the English language
Research System Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Responsibility Representative Researcher
Details This research project has been focused on how three female social reformers in the Victorian era utilized the print culture to promote themselves as well as their social reforms. Political messages were heavily weighted on print materials and read by many upper and middle classes men while a wider range of entertainment issues gradually appeared through the period. After illustrations and photos were introduced to the print industry, it allowed illiterates’ men and women from he working class to "read an article". It was the birth of mass media and the beginning of the consumer culture. News about female social reformers was favorite subjects to read for the mass citizens and contributions of the female social reformers to the society let the media to form the images representing the saint from the biblical stories. This saint image created and supported by the print culture and the mass audience was the key element for female social reformers to carry out their reforms.