Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals

British Women Writers, 1889-1939

Edited by Angela Ingram, Daphne Patai

Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals

338 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4414-4
    Published: September 1993

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Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals reintroduces the work of writers and activists whose texts, and often whose very lives, were passionately engaged in the major political issues of their times but who have been displaced from both the historical and the literary record. Focusing on seventeen writers whose common concern was radically to change the status quo, this collection of thirteen essays challenges not only the neglect of these particular writers but also the marginalization of women from British political life and literary history. This volume's recuperation of them alters our appraisal of their literary period and defines their influence on struggles still very much alive today--including the suffrage movement, feminism, anti-vivisection, reproductive rights, trade unionism, pacifism, and socialism. The radicals of 1889-1939, whether or not widely read in their own day, speak in different ways to the 'intelligent discontent' of many people in our time.

Originally published in 1993.

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About the Authors

Angela Ingram, professor of English at Southwest Texas State University, is coeditor of Women's Writing in Exile.
For more information about Angela Ingram, visit the Author Page.

Daphne Patai, professor of women's studies and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is coeditor of Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History.
For more information about Daphne Patai, visit the Author Page.


"By introducing these writers of strong conviction, the editors . . . expand literary and intellectual history and scholarship significantly. Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"A well-conceived and amply documented book."--Choice

"Offers us all a chance to become acquainted with some eccentric, secretive, obsessed, unconventional, uncompromising, maddening, inspiring foremothers who tried in different ways to change the world, and whose main failing was, perhaps, that they were ahead of their time."--Women's Review of Books

"Hurrah for Angela Ingram and Daphne Patai! History is back for good in literary studies, and this splendid collection is one of the finest examples of New Intellectual History in practice. The authors revive a fascinating set of writers and make a major case for feminist and socialist cultural studies."--Jane Marcus, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York