Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham
My project examines late nineteenth-century texts authored by women which feature queer female relationships. I intend to uncover a reparative lesbian literary history by shifting focus from canonical writers to those who have hitherto been overlooked, including Edith Simcox (1844-1901), Mona Caird (1854-1932), and Isabella Ormston-Ford (1855-1924), all of whom were also active in women’s movements and wrote political non-fiction. Drawing together the political discourses surrounding women’s suffrage and sexology, I investigate the intersection of women’s agency between lesbianism and activism, illuminating a heretofore forgotten literary movement.
Booth-Johnson, Natasha, 'Dustin Friedman's Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self (Review)', Ad Alta Vol 11 (2019)