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Translocal Homemaking and Home UnMaking in the Letter Memoir of Alice Lucy Hodson

Matthews-Jones, L (2022) Translocal Homemaking and Home UnMaking in the Letter Memoir of Alice Lucy Hodson. Women's History Review. ISSN 0961-2025

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In 1909 Alice Lucy Hodson’s memoir Letters from a Settlement was published. It is unique in providing an intimate first-hand account of what it meant to reside and (attempt) to settle in the women’s settlement Lady Margaret Hall in Lambeth, South London. This article consider how home was experienced, imagined, and represented by Hodson, who like many late-Victorian and Edwardian women, were finding more opportunities and roles open to them at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Building on the work of geographers of home and translocal studies, I argue that Hodson’s fragmentary letter chapters show how her homemaking relied on several home imaginaries that included the settlement house, street, neighbourhood, her familial home, and Lady Margaret’s College. This was bound up with her middle-class status and wider imperial understandings of home. Yet, home making also relied on a process of home unmaking. This article will show how her fashioning of the self was dependent on how she narrativised her experiences of translocal homemaking and home unmaking.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Home Studies; Women's History; Life Writing; History; 2002 Cultural Studies; 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 15:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/09612025.2022.2126632
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17608
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