The Edwardian period experienced a particularly vibrant periodical culture, with phenomenal growth in the numbers of titles published that were either aimed specifically at women, or else saw women as a key section of their readership or contributor group. It was an era of political ferment in which a number of ‘progressive’ traditions were formulated, shaped or abandoned, including socialism, feminism, modernism, empire politics, trade unionism and welfarism.
Organized around some of the central themes of political thought and utopian thinking, this impressive collection gathers together classic articles from key periodicals. The set presents a comprehensive sourcebook of readings on Edwardian/Progressive era feminist thought, exploring the intervention of the radical public intellectuals working in these traditions in North America and the UK from 1900-1918.
Part 1. The Modern Woman, Feminism and Femininity Part 2. International Networks of Learning and Exchange Part 3. Race and Empire Part 4. Dissent and Conflict Part 5. Intersection of Social and Political Movements Part 6. Motherhood and the Family Part 7. Women's Health and Bodies Part 8. Men and Masculinity Part 9. Women, Law and Citizenship Part 10. The Professions, Work and Education Part 11. Religion Part 12. Temperance and the Women's Movement Part 13. Violence, War and Militancy Part 14. Mediating Culture: Reviews, Commentaries and Literary Contributions Part 15. Redefining Public and Domestic Space Part 16. Feminism and Promotional Culture Part 17. The Press Part 18. 'Celebrity' and Famous Women Part 19. Humour
The History of Feminism series aims to make key archival source material available to scholars, researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates working in the fields of women and gender studies, women's history and women's writing. Subject matter and texts are selected for their decisive contribution to the feminist history of ideas in an international context.
Sets are published in hardback format of between three to six volumes and include full-length documents, pamphlets, reviews, newspaper articles and debates, letters, and fiction. The first set, Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand (edited by Ann Heilmann and Stephanie Forward), is concerned with the most prominent British New Woman writer and her contemporary critical reception.