Women Writers' Suffrage League

(1668 words)
  • Sowon Park (Oxford University)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

The Women Writers' Suffrage League was founded in June 1908 by playwright Cicely Hamilton and novelist Bessie Hatton. It was one of the earlier professional organizations of women writers in Britain, along with the Writers Club (1892) and the Lyceum club (1903). Their establishment marks a significant point in the process of the professionalisation of British women writers. Though the idea of a woman writer was nothing new in the early twentieth century, a writers' group comprising women of all classes offers a fresh perspective on the class-based Edwardian society, as well as on the Modernist literary landscape. That is was a writers' group and not a literary society indicate how it differed in nature and scope from other contemporary …

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Park, Sowon. "Women Writers' Suffrage League". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 October 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1193, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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  1. Feminism & Women's Studies