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Literature of Women's Suffrage Campaign - Carolyn Christensen Nelson

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During the British women's suffrage campaign of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women wrote plays to convert others to their cause; they wrote essays to justify their militant actions; and they wrote fiction and poetry about their prison experiences.This volume is a diverse collection of these writings, focused on the women's suffrage campaign in England and written primarily during the brief period between the New Woman writers of the 1890s and the modernists of the twentieth century. Many of these works have not been reprinted since they were first published.This important collection includes essays reflecting a variety of opinions and political positions; excerpts from autobiographies by women involved in the movement; suffrage poetry; the song that became the official song of the British suffrage movement; several one-act plays that were written and performed specifically to advance the suffrage cause; and short stories and excerpts from novels about suffrage.

"This is the richest collection yet of suffrage materials, fully introduced, annotated and illustrated. The initial contextualizing of the campaign is followed by an impressive collection of difficult-to-obtain literary texts. Satirical poetry and drama, presented alongside formal political argument, and the passionate testimonies of key campaigners, prove just how literary a campaign this was. The vivid prison narratives, short stories and complete one-act plays anthologized in this volume fully personalize the campaign and give one a sense of how ordinary people were caught up in the momentum of history. This is an invaluable anthology." - Valerie Sanders, The University of Hull

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Significant Dates in Women's Struggle for Emancipation and Suffragep. xxi
Biographical Informationp. xxvii
Suffrage Organizationsp. xxxix
The Arguments
The Case for and Against Women's Suffrage
from "Enfranchisement of Women"p. 5
from "Female Suffrage"p. 19
"An Appeal Against Female Suffrage"p. 25
from "The Appeal Against Female Suffrage: A Reply. I"p. 30
"The Appeal Against Female Suffrage: A Reply. II"p. 37
from "Women's Suffrage: A Reply"p. 44
from Plain Truths About Woman Suffragep. 51
from Woman Suffrage: Its Dangers and Delusionsp. 53
from "Superfluous Woman" and "Sex and Politics"p. 55
from Woman Suffrage: A National Dangerp. 57
The Question of Militancy and the Hunger Strike
from "The Militant Societies"p. 60
from Suffragist Tactics: Past and Presentp. 63
from The New Crusadep. 65
"Militant Tactics and Woman's Suffrage"p. 71
from "The Hunger Strike"p. 76
"In Conclusion"p. 78
Women in the Campaign Tell Their Stories
from My Own Storyp. 91
from The Suffragette Movement: An Intimate Account of Persons and Idealsp. 102
from My Part in a Changing Worldp. 106
from Memories of a Militantp. 118
from Life Errantp. 125
from The Hard Way Up: The Autobiography of Hannah Mitchell, Suffragette and Rebelp. 133
from Prisons and Prisoners: The Stirring Testimony of a Suffragettep. 138
Memorial Statue of Mrs. Pankhurst: Mr. Baldwin's Tributep. 145
Suffrage Poetry and Songs
Poetry
"A Jingle of the Franchise"p. 154
"Cautionary Tales in Verse"p. 156
from Holloway Jinglesp. 158
Songs
"The Women's Marseillaise"p. 170
"The March of the Women"p. 171
"Woman's Song of Freedom"p. 173
["When Good Queen Bess was on the Throne"]p. 174
"Christabel"p. 176
"Rise Up Women"p. 177
"Our Hard Case"p. 178
Suffrage Drama
How the Vote Was Won: A Play in One Actp. 184
Votes for Menp. 201
Before Sunrisep. 209
A Pageant of Great Womenp. 221
An Englishwoman's Home: A Play in One Actp. 233
In the Workhouse: A Play in One Actp. 246
The Maid and the Magistrate: A Duologue in One Actp. 256
A Chat with Mrs. Chicky: A Duologuep. 265
Miss Appleyard's Awakening: A Play in One Actp. 277
Suffrage Fiction
Short Stories
"The Women at the Gate"p. 294
"Shaking Hands with the Middle Ages"p. 301
"The Introduction"p. 308
"The Magical Musician"p. 310
"The Soul of a Suffragette"p. 313
Novels
from No Surrenderp. 327
from Suffragette Sallyp. 339
Bibliographyp. 351
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ISBN: 9781551115115
ISBN-10: 1551115115
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 353
Published: 25th June 2004
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54