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Spectacular Confessions: Autobiography, Performative Activism and the Site of Suffrage, 1905-1938
     

Spectacular Confessions: Autobiography, Performative Activism and the Site of Suffrage, 1905-1938

by Barbara Green
 

Bringing together the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies, and women's studies, Spectacular Confessions is the only book-length study devoted to a diverse array of suffragist writings.

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Bringing together the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies, and women's studies, Spectacular Confessions is the only book-length study devoted to a diverse array of suffragist writings.

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"Spectacular Confessions offers new insights into the ways in which spectacle, publicity and feminity were used for feminist ends." June Purvis, Times Literary Supplement
Library Journal
Green (English, Notre Dame Univ.) examines suffrage activism in England and the autobiographical writings of numerous suffragists, a topic on which she has published previously. Partly a historical and partly a literary critical study, her book is often muddied in focus; chapters on Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes seem to be present more for name recognition than pertinence. Her study is at its best when it zeroes in on the activism and activists of the suffrage movement. Green's valid and convincing but highly theoretical insights about the literature she critiques and the modern period necessitate an academic audience. For more strictly literary analysis, see Maroula Joannou's Ladies, Please Don't Smash These Windows: Women's Writing, Feminist Consciousness, and Social Change, 1918-38 (Berg, 1995). More specifically historical and/or biographical studies include Johanna Alberti's Beyond Suffrage: Feminists in War and Peace, 1914-28 (St. Martin's, 1989) and War of the Women's Social and Political Union (Univ. of Alabama, 1997).Martha Henn, Birmingham-Southern Coll. Lib., Ala.
Booknews
Green (English, U. of Notre Dame) focuses literary criticism, cultural studies, and feminist theory on a set of texts that includes prison diaries, letters, pamphlets, novels, journal essays, and feminist theory. The result is not a history of the British suffrage movement in the early 20th century, but an illumination of spectacularity, publicity, and femininity it deployed for revolutionary feminist ends. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312172671
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.13(d)

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