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Sheila Rowbotham
Gender and Labor History, University of Manchester

A Very Modern Victorian: Edward Carpenter 1844-1929

Thursday, January 15 / 4 PM / Humanities 210

Sheila Rowbotham studied history at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, and has held positions at Chelsea College of Advanced Technology, London University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Paris. She holds an honorary doctorate from the London Metropolitan University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her books include Hidden from History (Pluto, 1973), A Century of Women (Viking 1997, Penguin 1999), The Past is Before Us (Pandora 1989, Penguin 1990), Women in Movement (Routledge, 1993), and Promise of a Dream (Penguin 2000, Verso 2001), a memoir of the 1960s. Her biography, Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, has recently been published by Verso.

An advocate of women’s emancipation and gay rights in the late nineteenth century, Carpenter anticipated the sexual revolution of the 1960s. He also exerted an extraordinary impact on the cultural and political movements of the late nineteenth century and his works were read in many countries, including the U.S.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History of Consciousness, History, and Feminist Studies

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