Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash : Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920, Hardback Book

Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash : Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 Hardback

Part of the Routledge Research in Gender and History series


Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash examines how women opposed to the feminist campaign for the vote in early twentieth-century Britain, Ireland, and Australia used shame as a political tool.

It demonstrates just how proficient women were in employing a diverse vocabulary of emotions - drawing on concepts like embarrassment, humiliation, honour, courage, and chivalry - in the attempt to achieve their political goals.

It looks at how far nationalist contexts informed each gendered emotional community at a time when British imperial networks were under extreme duress.

The book presents a unique history of gender and shame which demonstrates just how versatile and ever-present this social emotion was in the feminist politics of the British Empire in the early decades of the twentieth century.

It employs a fascinating new thematic lens to histories of anti-feminist/feminist entanglements by tracing national and transnational uses of emotions by women to police their own political communities.

It also challenges the common notion that shame had little place in a modernizing world by revealing how far groups of patriotic womanhood, globally, deployed shame to combat the effects of feminist activism.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780415635868



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