‘Challenging Presumptions of Heterosexuality: Eva Gore-Booth, a biographical case study’

Tiernan, Sonja (2011) ‘Challenging Presumptions of Heterosexuality: Eva Gore-Booth, a biographical case study’. Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 37 (2). pp. 58-71. ISSN 19392419

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Abstract

In 1925 Virginia Woolf described, with a hint of humor, how biography “is only at the beginning of its career; it has a long and active life before it, we may be sure—a life full of difficulty, danger, and hard work.“ 1 Recent debates suggest that one difficulty in writing a biography is deciding just what issues should be included. Sexuality may not always be of primary importance for a biographical study, but what if a subject's homosexuality is willfully ignored or vehemently denied by a biographer? Using the life of Irish poet and political activist Eva Gore-Booth as a case study, this article examines how misnaming Gore-Booth's relationship with her partner, Esther Roper, has helped to erase both women from the histories of Ireland and England.

Item Type: Article
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Sonja Tiernan
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 10:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2241

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