Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xxii

Since the 1970s, the memory of Radclyffe Hall has depended for the most part upon one novel and its place in her work as an activist on behalf of the social rights of women with sexual and emotional ties to other women. The effects of near exclusive focus on The Well of Loneliness (1928) and related court cases has been to impose upon Hall a biographical trajectory ...

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Introduction: Writing Radclyffe Hall Writing

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pp. 1-24

The position of social and economic privilege occupied by Hall and Troubridge, their Tory sympathies, Roman Catholicism, and eugenicist views are not factors calculated to endear them to members of contemporary lesbian and queer counterpublics.1 In recent years, Hall’s self-identification as a masculine woman drew even more criticism. To some second-generation...

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1 Reading the Poetry

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pp. 25-52

In view of Hall’s uncertainty about the durability of close ties between women, it is not surprising that one finds in her early volumes of verse not only poems that celebrate a singular relationship with another woman but also those that imagine sexual and emotional ties as fleeting. Hall’s personal life during her twenties and early thirties resembles the High Victorian Bohemianism ...

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2 Psychic Incorporation: War, Mourning, and the Technology of Mediumship

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pp. 53-76

With the onset of World War I and the traumatic death of her first long-term partner in 1916, the relaxed view of the possibilities of desire between women evinced in Hall’s poetry came to an end. In the following years, she lost contact with many of the artistic and often feminist women that her connection with Mabel Batten had opened to her. Instead, the next six years ...

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3 Symbiosis of Publicity and Privacy: The Slander Trial of 1920

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pp. 77-95

Hall’s insistence on making the private public brought her into court in 1920. While biographers have mentioned the action for sexual slander that she brought at this time, none have recognized its importance.1 The case established the preconditions both for her emergence as a successful novelist and for her decision to write the first novel in English to take female sexual ...

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4 The Unlit Lamp: A Feminist Experiment

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pp. 96-114

The first novel completed by Hall and the second to be published, The Unlit Lamp (1924), is a feminist work that focuses on the impossibility of lesbian desire. To say impossible is to speak paradoxically because during the postwar decade Hall lived in an open same-sex relationship while contributing to the construction of a lesbian public culture in England. The impossibility ...

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5 Paris and the Culture of Auto/biography in The Forge

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pp. 115-137

Biographies deal in myths of origin. In her memoir of Hall, Troubridge reports that the germ of The Unlit Lamp occurred to Hall while the two, on vacation at the Lynton Cottage Hotel in North Devon, noticed an elderly woman with her middle-aged ‘‘maiden daughter’’ under circumstances similar to the ones in which a young female couple notice Joan Ogden near ...

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6 Una Troubridge and Gender Performativity in A Saturday Life

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pp. 138-163

This chapter begins and ends with a discussion of the reflexive relationship between Hall’s next novel, A Saturday Life (1925), and emergent lesbian public culture. Beginning with a discussion of personal agency within the project of modernist self-fashioning, the chapter moves outward to consider how the novel is mediated by an unfolding culture of sexual ...

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7 Catholicism, Adam’s Breed, and the Sacred Well

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pp. 164-185

The following two chapters focus in whole or in part on The Well of Loneliness. In Chapter 8, I consider how the topic of female same-sex marriage emerged as a focus of discussion in litigation attending publication of the novel. Further, I extend the discussion to other writing—male and female, public and private—at the time, which indicates that Hall’s effort was part of a wider ...

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8 The Well of Loneliness as an Activist Text

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pp. 186-213

The call to action that a reader like Grace Spencer heard in Hall’s early novels is amplified in The Well of Loneliness. In that novel, Hall focuses on the question of what spatial and temporal forms are necessary to enable the public existence of sexual inverts.1 Hall believed the answer to lie in the extension of the civil and religious institution of marriage to female couples. ...

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9 From Sexual Inversion to Cross Gender in ‘‘Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself’’

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pp. 214-227

In The Well of Loneliness, Hall parsed female same-sex desire through the sexological model of sexual inversion. As I mentioned in the preceding chapter, this choice was strategic. If Hall was to claim public space for the lives of subjects of female same-sex desire, it was necessary that those subjects be recognizable in widely shared, implicitly objective terms. For this purpose, the obvious place to turn was the language of sexology; and in ...

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10 After Economic Man: ‘‘The Rest Cure–1932’’

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pp. 228-236

The fates of Miss Ogilvy and other protagonists of the short stories included in Hall’s 1934 collection are marked by their experience of World War I. This much is also true of Charles Duffell, the protagonist of ‘‘The Rest Cure—1932.’’ As someone who played the role of a leading industrialist during the war, Duffell’s consciousness is very much an effect of that conflict. As with Ogilvy, Hall is interested in knowing whether he can survive ...

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11 Oneself as The Other: Hall, Evguenia Souline, and the Final Writing

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pp. 237-263

The final chapter of this book focuses on three sets of writing, each of which is premised on Hall’s involvement with Evguenia Souline: Hall’s letters to Souline, published for the first time more than half a century after Hall’s death; the incomplete manuscripts of Emblem Hurlstone, a novel that Hall undertook during the period of suspense after she and Souline had met but ...

Notes

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pp. 265-292

Bibliography

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pp. 293-306

Index

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pp. 307-315

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 317-319

This book began with an invitation to present a paper on Radclyffe Hall at the conference ‘‘Counter Modernisms,’’ organized by Lynne Hapgood and Nancy L. Paxton at Nottingham Trent University (U.K.) in 1996. I am grateful to the conference organizers and, in particular, to Nancy Paxton for having opened the way that led to the present book. A generous ...