A one day workshop at the University of Warwick
Part-funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.
Convenor: Dr. Rita J. Dashwood, IAS Early Career Fellow (English and Comparative Literary Studies)
The workshop is free. Registration is essential. Please use the registration form
Venue and further details tbc
Dr Briony McDonagh, University of Hull
Dr Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University London
The anonymous author of The Hardships of English Laws in Relation to Wives complained in 1735 about the injustice of English laws with regards to women’s property rights, especially when compared to other European countries: “I have been informed by Persons of great Integrity, who have long resided in Portugal … that a Wife in Portugal if she brought never a Farthing, has Power to dispose of half her Husband’s Estate by Will; whereas a Woman by our Law alienates all her own Property so entirely by Marriage, that if she brought an hundred thousand Pounds in Money, she cannot bequeath one single Penny.” The Married Women’s Married Act of 1882 was the watershed moment in which married women’s property rights finally became law. Women, however, had been establishing powerful relationships towards property long before the change in the law.
These relationships formed by women towards property, both portable and non-portable, will form the focus of this multidisciplinary workshop. By joining together speakers from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to, Literature, History and Human Geographies, this event hopes to generate a productive discussion on the ways in which these relationships have been constructed in both fictional and non-fictional texts.
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