Thesis / Dissertation

Dissent, Discussion and Dissemination: the Strategies of The Kensington Society in the Mid-Victorian Women's Movement

Rebekah Julia Fairgray Currer, Andrew May (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

This thesis investigates the strategic communication of mid-nineteenth century British feminism through the activism and networking of the Kensington Society (1850-1890). Collectively and individually, the sixty-eight members of Britain’s first female-only discussion society practised a range of intellectual communication strategies to reform the position of women in society. In combining literary historical and communication approaches, it also aims to readdress the intellectual heritage of the Kensington Society, asking why it was established, and how it was utilised to spark a wider discussion on women’s rights in mid-nineteenth century Britain. To do so, the thesis investigates the polit..

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