‘Intellectual Acid’:Cultural Resistance, Cultural Citizenship, and Emotional (Counter)Community in the Freewoman

M. Sage Milo

Abstract


This article explores the Freewoman’s relation to culture, as well as its role as a countercultural periodical — one that resisted hegemonic ideas and styles — and in the creation of an emotional (counter)community. It follows Raymond Williams’s understanding of culture as having two senses: one is ‘a whole way of life’ — everyday practices — the other arts and other creative endeavours. The Freewoman was cultivating a view of feminism as a way of life that encompassed both these meanings, as its editor, Dora Marsden, encouraged the expression of both traditional and novel perspectives, working to connect everyday life to a vision of a feminist, perhaps utopian, future. My focus here is on three main ideas of culture and community under Williams’s general framework of ‘culture’: cultural resistance and counterculture, cultural citizenship, and emotional countercommunity. These aspects of the Freewoman were central to its feminist politics, and I offer that attention to emotions and emotional communities can enrich our understanding of periodicals and their political workings.

Keywords


Freewoman, Dora Marsden, emotions, feminism, emotional community, counterculture, cultural citizenship, cultural resistance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21825/jeps.v2i1.3618

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