Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Beyond the Canon: the Emotions Book Club

Friday, 02 February 2018

Virtual Book Club II.

Dr Sally Holloway, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History and History of Art, has launched a new virtual ‘Emotions Book Club’ with Dr Jane Mackelworth (Queen Mary University London). The club encourages members of the public to read and discuss books by female authors that have been neglected by history.

Dr Holloway and Dr Mackelworth founded the book club to encourage a global audience to read books published by women during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly beyond the canon of high-profile authors such as Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and the Brontë Sisters. The lesser-known writers selected include Hannah Crafts, the first woman to publish a novel whilst enslaved, Ann Radcliffe, one of the creators of the Gothic novel, and Buchi Emecheta, a pioneering African writer. Furthermore, the club aims to examine how the books present women’s emotional sensibilities, i.e. how do typically feminine emotions from then compare to now?

The club is funded by Oxford Brookes University and the Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement. Since its launch in January, the website has had almost a thousand visitors from across the world, including in America, Australia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. If you wish to join the ever-growing number of members, visit www.emotionsbookclub.com. Additionally, the club can be found on Twitter at @emotionsbkclub.