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Title: Gender, Media and Protest: Changing Representations of the Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in British Newspapers, 1913–2013
Authors: Boyce Kay, Jilly
Mendes, Kaitlynn
First Published: 19-Sep-2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Media History, 2018
Abstract: This article traces the ways in which the British suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was represented in national newspapers between 1913 - the year she died - and 2013, the centenary of her death. Using a combination of qualitative content and critical discourse analysis, we showcase the various ways that Davison was delegitimized, recuperated and trivialized in four British newspapers throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. In doing so, we provide original insights into the ways that the fight for women’s rights has been figured both in the media realm, but also – significantly - through the mediated historical imagination and public memory. Notably, we argue that representations of Davison changed across newspapers and over time. Through our analysis, we chart the extent to which Davison has been visible (or not) through different historical periods; consider the specific ways in which Davison’s image was transformed along with changes in women’s status; address the ways she has been trivialized as a historic figure; and address the political implications of these (in)visibilities and representations.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13688804.2018.1520631
ISSN: 1368-8804
eISSN: 1469-9729
Embargo on file until: 19-Mar-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 18 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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