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‘Bless the Gods for my pencils and paper’: Katie Gliddon's prison diary, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the suffragettes at Holloway

Schwan, Anne



This article discusses the life and imprisonment of the largely unknown middle-class artist and suffrage activist Katie Gliddon and analyzes her extensive prison diary, secretly written and drawn in her copy of The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley at London’s Holloway Prison in March and April 1912. By creating a platform for the voices of ‘ordinary’ prisoners and by opening up a space for a transgressive gaze between suffragettes, ‘ordinary’ prisoners and female officers, Gliddon’s writings allow us to complicate our understanding of cross-class relations within the women’s suffrage campaign and in women’s prisons more generally speaking.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 7, 2012
Publication Date 2013-02
Deposit Date May 25, 2012
Journal Women's History Review
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 148-167
Keywords prison writing; diary; women; suffrage movement;
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