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Rebellious writing: Marginalised Edwardians and the contestation of power

O'Hagan, Lauren Alex, ed. 2020. Rebellious writing: Marginalised Edwardians and the contestation of power. New York: Peter Lang.

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Abstract

The Edwardian era is often romanticised as a tranquil period of garden parties and golden afternoons in which everyone knew their place and nobody questioned the order of things. The reality, however, was quite different. The years between 1901 and 1914 were a highly turbulent period of intense social conflict marked by a heightened awareness of class consciousness, inequality and poverty. The increasing mobilisation of the lower classes and women was often countered with violent means while anybody considered the 'other' - immigrants, lunatics, the poor, homosexuals - became the target of widespread discrimination. For many of these groups, the only way to fight back was through writing, which they used to voice resistance and contest traditional power structures. This volume aims to draw attention to the importance of 'ordinary writing' - that is, 'writing that is typically unseen or ignored and is primarily defined by its status as discardable' - as a form of rebellion for marginalised Edwardians. Using a multidisciplinary perspective to explore a range of material artefacts, from postcards and diary entries to pamphlets and book inscriptions, it aims to unearth voices that have been silent throughout history, transmitting new narratives on such important issues as suffragism, Irish nationalism, the working-class movement and pauper insanity.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781789972917
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 09:20
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/127028

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