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21 February 2024 - 21 February 2024
4:30PM - 6:00PM
All welcome at our next research seminar.
Dollie Radford's Lyrics of Modernity
Dollie Radford is today remembered for her lyrics of the 1890s, when she is remembered at all. However, this paper will show that she remained active in the twentieth century, publishing poems in newspapers and periodicals throughout the 1910s. In these lyrics, Radford addresses immediate issues such as urban crime, suffrage, and the First World War, using the same lyrical forms that she employed in her earlier work. Rather than concluding that Radford simply failed to adapt to modernity, I will propose that Radford’s twentieth-century lyrics reflect her socialist convictions, weaving the personal and political together through the use of shared, song-like rhythms, in the process adapting her lyric aestheticism to the conditions of modernity.
Senior Lecturer in English
Sarah Parker specialises in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on poetry, women's writing, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual culture. Sarah is currently working at Loughborough University.