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Further Information and Resources

Online Digital Resources

Database: The Curran Index, eds. Lars Atkin and Emily Bell. 2017-present. (Open Access)

HathiTrust. Punch volumes 1 – 173. (Open Access)

Punch Historical Archive 1841 – 1992. (Subscription)

On Punch’s Women Contributors

Birch, Katy (2019) Gender, Anonymity and Humour in Women’s Writing for Punch.  In: Easley, A.,  Gill, C. and Rodgers, B. (eds.) Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s – 1900s. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press pp.351-364

Burkhart, Charles (1970) ‘Ada Leverson and Oscar Wilde’. English Literature in Translation. 13:3: 193-200.

Horrocks, Clare (2024) New Humour, New Dialogue. Ada Leverson’s Contributions to Punch and The Yellow Book.  In Gavin, A. E. and Oulton, C. W. de la L. (eds.) British Women’s Writing from Bronte to Bloomsbury, Volume 3. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Horrocks, Clare and Moody, Nickianne (2020) ‘Crumbs from the Table: Matilda Betham-Edwards’s Comic Writing in Punch’. In Gavin, A. E. and Oulton, C. W. de la L. (eds.) British Women’s Writing from Bronte to Bloomsbury, Volume 2. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan pp.135-148

Maltz, Diana (2007) ‘Sympathy, Humour and the Abject Poor in the Work of May Kendall.’ English Literature in Translation 50:3: 313-32

On Punch

Leary, Patrick (2010) The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London.  London: British Library.

Price, R. G. G. (1957) A History of Punch. London: Collins.

Silver, Henry. ‘Nights at the Table.’ Punch Archive. British Library, MS 88937/2/13.

Spielmann, M[arion]. H[arry]. (1895) The History of Punch. London: Cassell and Co.

On Victorian Women Writers and their History

Beetham, Margaret and Boardman, Kay (eds.) (2001) Victorian Women’s Magazine. An Anthology. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Beetham, Margaret (1996) A Magazine of her Own? Domesticity and Desire in the Woman’s Magazine, 1800 – 1914.  London: Routledge.

Bilston, Sarah (2004) The Awkward Age in Women’s Popular Fiction, 1850 – 1900. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


Easley, Alexis (2011) Literary Celebrity, Gender and Victorian Authorship, 1850 – 1914.  Newark: University of Delaware Press.


Easley, Alexis (2004) First Person Anonymous: Women Writers and Victorian Print Media 1830-1870. Aldershot: Ashgate.


Fraser, Hilary, Stephanie Green and Judith Johnston (2003) Gender and the Victorian Periodical. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Ledbetter, Kathryn (2009) British Victorian Women’s Periodicals. Beauty, Civilisation and Poetry. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Onslow, Barbara (2000) Women of the Press in Nineteenth Century Britain. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Palmer, Beth (2011) Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Peterson, Linda (ed.) (2015) The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

Peterson, Linda (2009) Becoming a Woman of Letters: Myths of Authorship and Facts of the Victorian Marketplace. Princeton: University of Princeton Press.

Shattock, Joanne (ed.) (2001) Women and Literature in Britain, 1800 – 1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Showalter, Elaine. (1978. Rev and expanded edition, Virago, 2009) A Literature of Their Own: British Women Writers, From Charlotte Bronte to Doris Lessing. London: Virago.

Van Remoortel, Marianne (2015) Women, Work and the Victorian Periodical: Living by the Press. Houndmills: Palgrave.

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