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Feminism's family drama: Female genealogies, feminist historiography, and Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women

Muller, N (2017) Feminism's family drama: Female genealogies, feminist historiography, and Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women. Feminist Theory: an international interdisciplinary journalFEMINIST THEORY, 18 (1). pp. 17-34. ISSN 1741-2773

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Abstract

This article considers Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women (2009), a novel that follows the history of feminism from the nineteenth century to the present by telling the stories of a hunger striking suffragette and four generations of her female descendants. By exploring feminist history through female genealogy, Walbert’s historiographic metafiction illustrates the perils and potentials of the generational methods that have predominated feminist historiography in recent decades. By thus engaging in feminism’s family drama, the novel provides a self-conscious illustration of feminist genealogies as simultaneously fruitful and fraught, limiting and liberating, and yet inescapable and useful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1699 Other Studies In Human Society, 2002 Cultural Studies, 2203 Philosophy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 11:59
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 11:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1464700116683655
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6957

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