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Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2018). Shame and the anti-feminist backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920. New York, United States: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Shame-and-the-Anti-Feminist-Backlash-Britain-Ireland-and-Australia-1890-1920/Crozier-De-Rosa/p/book/9780415635868

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"Chapter 7 The Shame of the Violent Woman" of this publication has been made available with permission from the publisher.


Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash examines how women opposed to the feminist campaign for the vote in early twentieth-century Britain, Ireland, and Australia used shame as a political tool. It demonstrates just how proficient women were in employing a diverse vocabulary of emotions - drawing on concepts like embarrassment, humiliation, honour, courage, and chivalry - in the attempt to achieve their political goals. It looks at how far nationalist contexts informed each gendered emotional community at a time when British imperial networks were under extreme duress. The book presents a unique history of gender and shame which demonstrates just how versatile and ever-present this social emotion was in the feminist politics of the British Empire in the early decades of the twentieth century. It employs a fascinating new thematic lens to histories of anti-feminist/feminist entanglements by tracing national and transnational uses of emotions by women to police their own political communities. It also challenges the common notion that shame had little place in a modernizing world by revealing how far groups of patriotic womanhood, globally, deployed shame to combat the effects of feminist activism.