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metro worker with drill

‘Metro Worker with Drill’ by Aleksandr Salmokhvalov

I’m a London-based political and women’s rights activist, and will be commencing a PhD on representations of working-class agency and solidarity in Victorian social problem fiction by female authors this academic year. Each of these, in one way or another, allows me to accommodate my main interests: Feminism, Literature and Cake. I love them separately, but in the spirit of interdisciplinary study, I love them more when they meet: feminist literature, literary cakes, protest cakes – the possibilities are endless!

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. I did m graduate work in Victorian studies, as well. Happy to have found your blog. 🙂

    • Welcome! I’m always pleased to meet fellow Victorian scholars. What did you work on?

      • Thank you! Me, too! 🙂

        I did a lot of feminist theory — my thesis explored the myth of the vampire (literally and figuratively) in Victorian lit, coming through the Romantics, as a symbol of enervation and emancipation, for both sexes. I used Bronte, Eliot, Le Fanu, and Stoker, as well as Keats, Byron, and Shelley. It was expansive, exploring the ways the metaphor changed through the century.

        What’s your focus?

      • That sounds fascinating!The vampire is such a versatile symbol – especially in terms of Victorian popular culture, it gives a very useful insight into the late-Victorian popular psyche. It does sound like a very hefty project though.
        My current thesis is similarly sprawling: I’m looking at the notion of ‘sisterhood’ and how it was used to motivate women to participate in social causes in the mid- to late-Victorian period. Starting with the ‘surplus women’ problem, I’m considering how social reform became a platform for middle-class women, and thus resulted in their emancipation separately from and independently of the working-class ‘sisters’ on whose behalf they were campaigning. My case studies are Josephine Butler and the Contagious Diseases Acts and Annie Besant and her promotion of birth control, both being issues specifically related to women’s bodies, whilst both activists made a point of showing them to affect society as a whole.

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