Sybil Oldfield at seventy-two: Humanistic feminism - or thinking back through our grandmothers

Oldfield, Sybil (2010) Sybil Oldfield at seventy-two: Humanistic feminism - or thinking back through our grandmothers. Women's History Review, 19 (5). pp. 741-758. ISSN 0961-2025

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Abstract

Beginning with her autobiography, Oldfield traces the impact of her German-English background on her lifelong anti-militarism and her own need for 'life-savers' in life, history and literature. Her feminism, deeply influenced by Virginia Woolf, is defined as humanism applied to women as well as men. The thread linking all her biographical writing has been her drive to resurrect the most humane of our forgotten 'grandmothers', whether Victorian mould-breakers or German Resistance heroines. However deeply theoretically unfashionable, Oldfield's biographical approach to women's history is rooted in her conviction that the living cannot do without the dead and that it is possible for us to reach them. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:26
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 11:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25941
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