MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY


MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY

MO MOULTON    Book Number: 88859    Product format: Hardback

Renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers is the focus of this group biography of Oxford women who stood at the vanguard of equal rights and feminism. In 1912 she and five friends founded a writing group at Somerville College, Oxford. They dubbed themselves the Mutual Admiration Society. Brilliant, bold, serious and funny, these women were also sheltered and chaperoned, barred from receiving degrees despite taking classes and passing exams. But things were changing for women - they gained the right to vote and more access to the job market. In October 1920, members of the Mutual Admiration Society returned to Oxford to receive full degrees, among the first women to be awarded such honours. Sayers and her classmates remained lifelong friends and collaborators as they battled for a truly democratic culture that acknowledged their equal humanity. They pushed boundaries in reproductive rights and a woman's control of her body, sexual identity, queer or gay family making, and representations of women and the arts despite the casual cruelty of sexism and misogyny that still limited women's choices. Chapters include Teach or Marry, Detection and Despair, Professional Motherhood, Subversive Spinster, The Problem of Marriage, War Breaks Out, Bridgeheads to the Future and looks at their masterworks and legacies 1946-1988. With main characters Sayers, Muriel St Clare Byrne, Charis Ursula Frankenburg, Dorothea Rowe founder of the Bournemouth Little Theatre Club, and their female partners, secret lovers and husbands. 372pp.
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ISBN 9781472154439
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