Drs Jasmine Jagger and Heather Hind discuss sex, gender and the redefinition of satire
- Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Dr Jasmine Jagger, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and Dr Heather Hind, Digital Research Assistant, both in our School of Humanities and Social Sciences, discuss their collection of Comic Women's Poetry of the 19th Century.
Comic Women's Poetry of the 19th Century is an ever-growing, open access digital archive which holds over 1000 comic poems written by more than 200 19th-century women. In conversation with podcast hosts and satire specialists Drs Adam Smith and Jo Waugh, Jasmine and Heather discuss the project’s premise, the women being represented, the kinds of comedy the poems are dealing with, and how the collection challenges perceptions of 19th-century women and the 19th century more generally.
Dr Jagger said: “This collection shows us that women weren’t sitting pretty within their patriarchal sphere, but were actually kicking against it, defying it, and spitting in the face of it. We have a thousand poems here which demonstrate that [19th century] women weren’t just dull, simpering, pinafore-wearing angels in the house, but far more often bold, rude, arch, witty and fiercely clever.”
You can listen to the listen to the podcast, Smith & Waugh Talk About Satire, and the episode “Where are all the gals?”: Sex, Gender and the Redefinition of Satire on Spotify, and most other podcast platforms.
View the interactive online collection of Comic Women’s Poetry of the Nineteenth Century here.