Marsden Journals: Genre Charts


First Chart Set: Percentage of each journal devoted to six different genres, based on the overall count of words.

Some Observations about the Above Charts

1. The Freewoman, in just under a year, published almost as many words as The Egoist published over six years. This is explained by the difference in the journals’ frequency and size: The Freewoman appeared weekly and averaged 20 pages per issue, while The Egoist was predominantly a monthly that averaged 17 pages per issue.

2. The percentage of space devoted to articles remained fairly stable over the three journals: about 2/3 of the contents.

3. The percentage of advertising also remained fairly steady, though it declined over time: from 6.7 % in The Freewoman to 3.5 % in The Egoist.

4. The big change in the genre composition of the magazines involves correspondence, fiction, and poetry. Correspondence in The Freewoman constituted a quarter of the journal’s volume, while fiction and poetry together constituted just over 5%. In both the New Freewoman and Egoist, however, correspondence amounts to merely 6% of the contents, while the space devoted to fiction and poetry increases to about 20% in The New Freewoman and 25% in The Egoist.

Second Chart Set: Percentage of each journal devoted to different genres, based on the overall number of contributions made to the magazines.

One thing we can do, with these two sets of charts, is to calculate the average length of every genre contribution in these journals. Here’s what those numbers look like:

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