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Annabel Wearring-Smith

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

A Cultural Biography of Virago Press: Feminist Politics and Publishing Networks 1973-1999

My thesis creates a cultural biography of seminal feminist publishing house the Virago Press from the period of its creation in 1973 to 1999. My research analyses the determinants of the Virago Press’ publishing decisions, investigating both their network of interpersonal relationships and their contributions to the formation and dissemination of feminist debate. I have three primary research questions:

  • How did Virago cultivate a publishing network that interacted with late twentieth-century feminisms?
  • How can an understanding of Virago’s networking practices affect an analysis of the literary genres that they published?
  • How did Virago disseminate feminist thinking through their network and publication choices.

I work closely with the Virago archives at the British library, charting integral collaborations between authors, activists and Virago and the works that they published. Using these questions and the available archival material as catalysts, my objective is to situate Virago as a crucial part of the cultural formation of late-twentieth-century feminism

Research Area

  • English Language and Literature
  • Languages and Literature