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Freewomen and Supermen: Edwardian Radicals and Literary Modernism

Anne Fernihough


This book adds to the comparatively recent body of research which has sought to reevaluate the literature of the ‘long’ Edwardian period (1900-1914), severing it from Virginia Woolf’s influential notion of a dull materialism. It is Anglo-American in approach, highlighting an aube-de-siècle, utopian strand within pre-War literature and culture on both sides of the Atlantic. More specifically, it focuses on an anarchistic hyper-individualism which opposed the abstract and the general in all its forms. The New Age and the Freewoman are singled out as magazines that were prime vehicles for this hy ... More

Keywords: Edwardian, utopian, Anglo-American, hyper-individualism, egoism, vitalism, eugenics, suffragism, sexology, diet-reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Fernihough, author
University Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Girton College