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Natasha Booth-Johnson

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Queer Fiction by Politically Active Female Authors (1870-1910)

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.

Research Area

  • English Language and Literature
  • Languages and Literature


Booth-Johnson, Natasha, 'Dustin Friedman's Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self (Review)', Ad Alta Vol 11 (2019)


'The Evidence of [Her] Own Senses': Gender, Power, and Marriage in the Spiritualist Fiction of Florence Marryat, Gothic Studies Works in Progress, August 2021


Birmingham Nineteenth Century Centre

British Association of Decadent Studies


Global Undergraduate Awards (2019) - Highly Commended