Words and Deeds – The Fiction of Suffragette Leader Constance Nina Boyle
8 November 2021 - 6 November 2022
This pre-recorded talk by Dr Nicola Allen (Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University of Wolverhampton) explores Nina Boyle’s extraordinary life and examines some of her (sometimes even more extraordinary) fiction.
When the government defaulted on a promise to deliver enfranchisement, Boyle hired a boat to harangue M.P.s on the waterfront terrace of the Houses of Parliament. She obstructed courtrooms where women’s rights were not upheld in cases of domestic and sexual abuse, she served in the First World War, petitioned parliament to outlaw female genital mutilation in British colonies, recruited the first female police officers and was the first woman to stand in a U.K election.
Boyle also wrote twelve novels, evoking classics such as Northanger Abbey- but in Boyle’s tale, the gentleman of the house has to rethink his naïve sense of the world, Jekyll and Hyde, but Boyle’s novel follows a young boy who needs to stop repressing his feminine side, as well as rewriting Long John Silver as a female inn-keeper who trains her goat to lock sailors in the cellar while she relieves them of their bounty.
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