The research blog of Annabel Wearring-Smith, M4C Funded PhD Researcher at the University of Nottingham

Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.

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Annabel is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham researching the feminist publishing networks of Virago Press.

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Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation

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The Frost in May Quartet, Antonia White (VMCS 1, 13, 13 and 15)

Antonia White’s Frost in May is the first book in a quartet of autobiographical novels written by White across a two-decade span. Although the novels area quartet, can be read on their own accord and as a continuation of one story, they can also be distinguished as one standalone novel, Frost in May (1933), and…

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (VMC 298)

In 1870s New York a scandal is sweeping through the opera house. The beautiful and mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska is sitting in her family box, flagrantly ignoring society’s etiquette of scorn for a woman who has fled her husband. Witnessing this transgression is Newland Archer, an up-and-coming gentleman lawyer who is engaged to the Countess’…

Harriet Hume: A London Fantasy, Rebecca West (VMC 34)

Harriet Hume, a beautiful piano player mystical in femininity and whimsy, meets with Arnold Conodrex, an ambitious politician seeking possession of worldly power in her run-down room in Kensington. Between the shabby walls of her Kensington house, blooms a love between the couple that extends out into the overgrown sublimity of Harriet’s garden. They share…


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