The Visual Culture of Women’s Activism in London, Paris and Beyond

An Analytical Art History, 1860 to the Present


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About the Book

Women’s bodies and their portrayals in the media remain at the center of every debate on women’s rights worldwide. This study examines the domains of public and private space—and the interstices between them—with a focus on how women advance in the public arena, drawing on the domestic politics of the private realm in their drive for social justice and equality. The author examines the visual culture of first-wave feminists in Edwardian England and feminist developments in France. Late 20th century and 21st century women’s movements are discussed in the context of how they continue to honor first-wave suffrage history.

About the Author(s)

Colleen Denney is a professor of art history and gender and women’s studies at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie. She has published extensively on the visual culture of women’s activism worldwide.

Bibliographic Details

Colleen Denney
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 211
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7137-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3325-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Raise Your Banner High! 3
One. Les Femmes Ennuyées: Bored Women in European Culture; Presaging a Call to Action 17
Two. “Not Only Perfect Patriot but Perfect Woman”: The Evocation of Joan of Arc in Suffrage England 64
Three. Bodica: Patriotic Woman Leader, Mother and Resistant Warrior for British Women’s Suffrage 101
Four. Allegory in Suffrage Propaganda: Britannia, Liberty and Justice 118
Epilogue: From the Hammer to the Fist: March, Process, Progress and Protest 133
Chapter Notes 171
Bibliography 190
Index 197