Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon: Feminist, Artist and Rebel by Pamela Hirsch

By Pamela Hirsch

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon was once the main unconventional and influential chief of the Victorian women's circulation. drastically proficient, vigorous and unique, she used to be a feminist, law-reformer, painter, journalist, the shut pal of George Eliot and a cousin of Florence Nightingale.

As a painter, Barbara is now acknowledged as an essential determine between Pre-Raphaelite ladies artists. As a feminist she led 4 nice campaigns: for married women's criminal prestige, for the precise to paintings, the appropriate to vote and to schooling.

Making tremendous use of unpublished journals and letters, Pam Hirsch has written a biography that's as energetic and robust as its topic, recreating the lady in all her moods, and putting her firmly within the context of women's fight for equality.

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Ferguson 1989: 97) Introduction 11 Ferguson emphasizes that on departing from the rape script of master and victim, the witness can no longer present a ‘convincing’ truth because it is only her powerlessness and lack of autonomy that can make her story believable. Ferguson suggests though that the rise of modern literature in the shape of the novel has allowed for more subversive possibilities for rape narratives. Comparing Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa with Ovid’s story of Philomela in Metamorphoses, she suggests that the psychological novel might be subversive ‘because it insists upon the importance of psychology as the ongoing possibility of the contradiction between what one must mean and what one wants to mean’ (109).

Trauma is thus both highlighted and repressed in the passage, while Xuela ‘refuses to naturalize her oppression by acquiescing in the role of object’ (Cobham 2002: 878). Yet the sense of loss, trauma and ‘inevitable’ violation is no less intense and palpable for being mediated both descriptively and stylistically. In thus complicating the ways in which the legacies of colonial domination operate at the level of gender and class relations in her novel, Kincaid anticipates the unorthodox representation of sexual violence in the younger generation of Caribbean American women’s fiction.

Kelly, Liz, Lovett, Jo and Reagan, Linda (2005) A gap or a chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases, London: Home Office Research. Kennedy, Valerie (2000) Edward Said: a critical introduction, Cambridge: Polity. Longley, Edna (1986) Poetry in the Wars, Newcastle: Bloodaxe. McClintock, Anne (1995) Imperial Leather: race, gender and sexuality in the colonial contest, New York and London: Routledge. Mardorossian, Carine M. 3: 743–75. Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (2003) Feminism without Borders: decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity, Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press.

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