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Cicely Hamilton's warriors: dramatic reinventions of militancy in the British women's suffrage movement

Cockin, Katharine

Authors

Katharine Cockin K.M.Cockin@hull.ac.uk

Abstract

The campaigns for women's enfranchisement in Britain have been associated with public spectacle, metropolitan activity and sensational acts of militant law-breaking. The circumstances of the development, adaptation and performance of Cicely Hamilton's play, A Pageant of Great Women, provide an insight into the dynamics of local suffrage activism. This forgotten play reached several thousand spectators at a time all over Britain, promoting the activity of women's history-making as much as women's suffrage. It normalised the idea of women's achievements, and the cross-dressing warriors especially, drawn from several countries, unsettled a dominant anglocentric perspective, normalising militancy as national heroism.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2005
Journal WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3-4
Pages 527-542
Institution Citation Cockin, K. (2005). Cicely Hamilton's warriors: dramatic reinventions of militancy in the British women's suffrage movement. Women's History Review, 14(3-4), (527-542). doi:10.1080/09612020500200437. ISSN 0961-2025
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09612020500200437
Keywords History; Gender Studies
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09612020500200437