Gossip or News: Queen Christina in the Media
2007 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
The life and lifestyle of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) was widely discussed among learned and lay people already during her lifetime. A woman who strongheadedly went her own way was the target of gossip and critique all over Europe. Christina ruled at a time when newspapers and newsletters started to circulate in growing numbers, and her life became increasingly more public as a result of new ways to communicate her agreements and disagreements, decisions and plans. Post och Inrikes Tidningar (1645) – today the oldest newspaper in the world that is still published – was first published during her reign. She can thus be said to actively have contributed to the growth of mass media. It is therefore remarkable that not more has been written about Queen Christina and the news media. This presentation looks into some of the early accounts of Christina in Swedish and German media out of a gender perspective. It investigates the representation of a female ruling monarch in the media, assuming that the emergence of newspapers and the growing market of mass media in Europe make for new and different ways for the distribution of information and knowledge as well as the dissemination of gender stereotypes and gossip.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. 10- p.
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-11596DiVA: diva2:178115
Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, held in Minneapolis October 25-28, 2007