Addressing current trends in feminist historical and literary scholarship in relation to digital media, this book looks at how the field has developed since the first feminist archival research projects were initiated over twenty years ago.
The contributions to the book explore three key concerns: projects which document the history of women’s political activism; the digitising of primary document archives by women; and the impact of digitisation on historical research about women. In addition, the book sheds light on the way in which historians and literary scholars fuse digital sources with traditional forms such as books and journal articles to imagine different and ground-breaking histories of women’s experience.
With the field of feminist history and its relationship to the digital world in a dynamic position, the contributions to this volume can be read as signposts for future research in the field, posing questions for scholars and readers to explore in more detail. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s History Review.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Twenty Years On: feminist histories and digital media
Paula Hamilton and Mary Spongberg
1. Ephemeral Feminist Histories and the Politics of Transmission within Digital Culture
2. Women’s Studies 2.0. Italian Feminist Scholarship in the Digital Age
3. Female Biography and the Digital Turn
Mary Spongberg, Gina Luria Walker and Koren Whipp
4. Inclusions and Exclusions: considerations for a Stopes digital collection
5. Recovering from Collective Memory Loss: the Digital Mitford’s feminist project
Elisa Beshero-Bondar and Elizabeth Raisanen
6. Women’s Literary History in Ireland: digitizing The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing
7. The Serendipity of Connectivity: piecing together women’s lives in the digital archive
Paula Hamilton is Professor of History and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is a cultural historian who has published widely in oral histories and memory studies, exploring the intersection between personal and public memories. Her current research explores sensory memories of working in the home as a tool for understanding intimate class and gender relations. She is the co-editor of A Cultural History of Sound Memory and the Senses (with Joy Damousi, 2017).
Mary Spongberg is Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at Southern Cross University, Australia. She is the author of Writing Women’s History Since the Renaissance (2002), principal editor of the Companion to Women’s Historical Writing (2005) and former editor-in-chief of Australian Women’s Studies. Her latest book is Empathetic Histories: English Women Writers and the Nation’s Past 1790–1860 (2018).