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Barbara Bodichon’s Epistolary Education Unfolding Feminism

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 07/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020


"This book brings together feminist histories in education with an innovative approach to epistolary narrative analytics. In deploying the notion of the epistolary bildung the author rigorously and eloquently shows how the correspondence of Barbara Bodichon can shed fresh light in a range of personal problems and public issues in women’s lives, which remain relevant today"
- Maria Tamboukou, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of East London, UK

This book assesses Barbara Bodichon’s significance in the history of the women’s movement in Britain by elaborating a conceptualisation of letters as sources of feminist development. Bodichon was the leader of the first women’s suffrage committee in England, which collected 1,500 signatures in favour of the female vote – a petition presented in the House of Commons by sympathising MPs to support the amendment of the 1867 Reform Bill. This book explores the significance of letter-exchange in Barbara Bodichon’s feminist becoming as she managed to mobilize partisans and secure signatures by means of chains of friendship letters spreading across the country. For letters functioned as platforms where, concomitantly to her making sense of her experiential input, Bodichon adopted, redefined and challenged circulating discourses – transforming them in the process and hence contributing to the production of feminist knowledge, intersubjectively and collaboratively in dialogue with her addressees. At the crossroads of history of feminism, gender history and history of women’s education, this book explores the significance of letter-exchange in Bodichon’s development into one of the galvanizing figures of the women’s rights movement in Victorian England. 


1. Unfolding Feminism: Letters, Networks and Friendship
2. Bodichon’s Epistolary Bildung: Learning, Narratives and Agency
3. ‘A Peculiar Education’: Epistolary Networks, Knowledge and Critical Thinking
4. ‘To be happy is to work, work – work – work’: Affection, Creativity and Self-fulfilment
5. ‘Improbable that we should agree in the choice of husbands’: Love, Marriage and Silences
6. ‘Slavery is…allied to the injustice to women’: Morality, Equality and Citizenship
7. ‘Bringing home bamboos to paint’: Artistry, Aesthetics and Power
8. ‘Born a hundred years too soon’: Bodichon’s Agentic Epistolary Bildung


Meritxell Simon-Martin is Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Humanities at Roehampton University, UK. Her areas of research interest lie at the crossroads of History of Education, Women’s and Gender History, Narrative Analysis and Epistolary Studies. She is co-editor of the History of Education Researcher and member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Life Writing.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 405 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:2 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 293
Pagine Romane: xi

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