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Author: Zoë Thomas

Women Art Workers constitutes the first comprehensive history of the network of women who worked at the heart of the English Arts and Crafts movement from the 1870s to the 1930s. Challenging the long-standing assumption that the Arts and Crafts simply revolved around celebrated male designers like William Morris, this book instead offers a new social and cultural account of the movement, which simultaneously reveals the breadth of the imprint of women art workers upon the making of modern society. Thomas provides unprecedented insight into how women – working in fields such as woodwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, and metalwork – navigated new authoritative roles as ‘art workers’ by asserting expertise across a range of interconnected cultures so often considered in isolation: from the artistic to the professional, intellectual, entrepreneurial, and domestic. Through examination of newly discovered institutional archives and private papers, and a wide range of unstudied advertisements, letters, manuals, photographs, and calling cards, Women Art Workers elucidates the critical importance of the spaces around which women conceptualised alternative creative and professional lifestyles: guild halls, exhibitions, homes, studios, workshops, and the cityscape. Shattering the traditional periodisation of the movement as ‘Victorian’, this research reveals that the early twentieth century was a critical juncture at which women art workers became ever more confident in promoting their own vision of the Arts and Crafts. Shaped by their precarious gendered positions, they opened up the movement to a wider range of social backgrounds and interests, and redirected the movement’s radical potential into contemporary women-centred causes.

Bodies and environments in Italy and England

This book explores whether early modern people cared about their health, and what did it mean to lead a healthy life in Italy and England. According to the Galenic-Hippocratic tradition, 'preservative' medicine was one of the three central pillars of the physician's art. Through a range of textual evidence, images and material artefacts, the book documents the profound impact which ideas about healthy living had on daily practices as well as on intellectual life and the material world in Italy and England. Staying healthy and health conservation was understood as depending on the careful management of the six 'Non-Naturals': the air one breathed, food and drink, excretions, sleep, exercise and repose, and the 'passions of the soul'. The book provides fresh evidence about the centrality of the Non-Naturals in relation to groups whose health has not yet been investigated in works about prevention: babies, women and convalescents. Pregnancy constituted a frequent physical state for many women of the early modern European aristocracy. The emphasis on motion and rest, cleansing the body, and improving the mental and spiritual states made a difference for the aristocratic woman's success in the trade of frequent pregnancy and childbirth. Preventive advice was not undifferentiated, nor simply articulated by individual complexion. Examining the roles of the Non-Naturals, the book provides a more holistic view of convalescent care. It also deals with the paradoxical nature of perceptions about the Neapolitan environment and the way in which its airs were seen to affect human bodies and health.

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Resisting racism in times of national security
Editor: Asim Qureshi

In times of national security, scholars and activists who hail from the communities under suspicion attempt to draw readers and listeners to the complexity of the world we inhabit. For those who campaigned against the SUS law in the 1980s, when young Black men were being routinely stopped in the streets, the wave of counter-terrorism legislation and policy that exists today will be very familiar. Similarly, recent discussions about the impact of drill music in the culture of young Black men has drawn questions around the ways in which they should be securitised, with senior police calling for the use of terrorism legislation against them. In this environment, when those who study and have lived alongside the communities who are at the scrutiny of the state raise questions about the government, military and police policy, they are often shut down as terrorist-sympathisers, or apologists for gang culture. In such environments, there is an expectation on scholars and activists to condemn what society at large fears. This volume is about how that expectation has emerged alongside the normalisation of racism, and how these writers choose to subvert the expectations raised on them, as part of their commitment to anti-racism.

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Author: Steve Blandford

This is the first book-length study of one of the most significant of all British television writers, Jimmy McGovern. The book provides comprehensive coverage of all his work for television including early writing on Brookside, major documentary dramas such as Hillsborough and Sunday and more recent series such as The Street and Accused.

Whilst the book is firmly focused on McGovern’s own work, the range of his output over the period in which he has been working also provides something of an overview of the radical changes in television drama commissioning that have taken place during this time. Without compromising his deeply-held convictions McGovern has managed to adapt to an ever changing environment, often using his position as a sought-after writer to defy industry trends.

The book also challenges the notion of McGovern as an uncomplicated social realist in stylistic terms. Looking particularly at his later work, a case is made for McGovern employing a greater range of narrative approaches, albeit subtly and within boundaries that allow him to continue to write for large popular audiences.

Finally it is worth pointing to the book’s examination of McGovern’s role in recent years as a mentor to new voices, frequently acting as a creative producer on series that he part-writes and part brings through different less-experienced names.

Exploring diversity through narrative métissage
Catherine Etmanski, Will Weigler, and Grace Wong-Sneddon

facilitate a métissage-based dialogue related to graduate student experiences on campus and suggested to the committee that this method might be a good fit for this purpose. He then got in touch with Catherine to help facilitate the development of métissage-based presentation. What is métissage? Métissage is an arts-based method of enquiry and education, which, by its nature, defies categorisation and concrete definition. It draws from the traditions of life writing, storytelling, theatre and – symbolically – from the art of weaving or braiding. When presented in written

in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university
Angela K. Smith

. But 34 British women of the Eastern Front equally, many of the written testimonies have important literary value. Although few of the women who served in the East chose to reinterpret their experiences through fiction, we can examine their works through other literary genres, and in so doing, identify this literary as well as historic importance. In this chapter, I will argue that these testimonies are influenced by and can be read through two connected literary forms. Most of the writing addressed here is life writing, as all the women are writing about profound

in British women of the Eastern Front
Helena Grice

Kingston has gained a reputation as one of the most popular – and controversial – writers in the Asian American literary tradition, who has been by turn celebrated and excoriated. Kingston’s development as a writer and cultural activist in relation to both ethnic and feminist traditions, occurs across the range of her expanding oeuvre: her two novels, her occasional writings and her two-book life-writing project. How do we account for the phenomenal success of The Woman Warrior – the most widely read title in American universities today – a success that not only

in Maxine Hong Kingston
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The Korean War in Britain
Grace Huxford

understanding of ‘post-​war’ British history? These are the central questions of this book. Using MO surveys, newspaper commentary and a wide range of under-​used ‘life-​writing’ material, this book charts the war’s changing v2v 3 Introduction position in the British popular imagination, from early anxiety in the summer of 1950 through to growing apathy by the end of the war and beyond. Its chapters examine the response from different groups to the war, consciously drawing from material produced by both soldiers and civilians. The wealth of personal material now available

in The Korean War in Britain
Alice Munro and Lives of Girls and Women
Susanne Becker

’s ‘excessive realism’ contextualises these and other phenomena of contemporary literary culture: the practices of feminism, the related practices of ‘life-writing’ (as we shall see in the following section on texture), the strategies of the (Canadian) postmodern with its own characteristic treatment of realism, and (as suggested through the introductory image) the discourse of

in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions
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Susana Onega

terms overlap and intersect,’3 while Lauren Rusk saw her as belonging in an international trend, also exemplified by Woolf, James Baldwin and Maxine Hong Kingston, representing what Rusk calls The Life Writing conclusion.qxd 2/2/06 Conclusion 2:02 pm Page 227 227 of Otherness.4 Although different in many respects, these essays share a crucial concern with the analysis of subjectivity in Winterson’s work, perceived as marginal and/or fragmented, no matter whether the marginality and fragmentariness stem from the characters’ lesbianism or simply from their

in Jeanette Winterson