Modern languages Women writers, performers & audiences

Research team

Our work in this strand examines the role of women writers (be they journalists, novelists, translators, playwrights, essayists and critics), performers (as singers, dancers, actors) as producers and agents of social change in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

We're particularly interested in the relationship between women’s writings, women’s performances and feminisms in their various cultural, social and geo-political contexts: we ask how they are received by (predominantly middle-class) audiences, and how they resist and/or contribute towards the struggle for gender equality.