publication . Article . 2018

“My Part in a Changing World”: Women’s Struggle for the Vote and the Autobiographical Subject

Joannou, Maroula;
Open Access English
  • Published: 17 Jun 2018
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
This essay is concerned with some 20 autobiographies by participants in the women’s suffrage movement with differing backgrounds and beliefs. Their writings reveal similarities and differences between autobiographical subjects. The author addresses the importance that some autobiographers attached to pain, the problems attendant on its representation, and their determination to make women’s pain count politically. The autobiographical accounts of Helena Swanwick, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Edith Picton-Turbevill and other suffragists are contrasted to the suffragette autobiographies of Emmeline Pankhurst and her supporters, with their emphasis on law-breaking, i...
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