Mary Augusta Ward (Mrs Humphry) and the opposition to women's suffrage

Joannou, Maroula (2005) Mary Augusta Ward (Mrs Humphry) and the opposition to women's suffrage. Women's History Review. ISSN 0961-2025

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Abstract

This essay begins to develop a critical and contextual framework to account for the importance that the writings of anti-suffragist novelists have often had for the women reader, and suggests ways in which their work may be usefully mined by historians and literary scholars interested in the history of the vote. The author analyses the tensions and contradictions in the work of the conservative writer and social reformer, Mary Augusta Ward and her role in the development of a constructive anti-suffragism designated as the 'forward policy'. Ward's representation of the suffragette in her novel, Delia Blanchflower (1915), is discussed. Concentrating on Ward's principled support for women and her reforming imagination, the article shows how she shared much in common with feminists of her day and suggests ways in which her writing may be mined by historians and literary scholars interested in the history of women's suffrage.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Joannou, M., 2005. Mary Augusta Ward (Mrs Humphry) and the opposition to women's suffrage. Women's History Review 14(3-4), pp.561-580..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:48
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/114626

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