Professor Karen Hunt

Title: Professor Emerita Modern British History
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Women's Politics (the range of women's engagements with formal and informal politics):

  • Gendered politics in a life: Dora Montefiore (1851-1933)

This is a biography of Dora Montefiore – suffragist, socialist, communist. I am particularly interested in the interplay of politics and everyday life, in mapping individual women's political journeys, in women's local, national and international networks and the effect of gossip on the experience of politics.

  • ‘Reconfiguring Citizenship: the impact of women's enfranchisement on local political cultures, 1918-39'

This is a comparative study undertaken with Professor June Hannam (UWE). Its purpose is to explore the impact of the new woman voter on the practice of politics in the interwar period

  • Gendering the politics of consumption

This project builds on my earlier work on the politics of consumption and concerns (1) gendering the voice of the consumer during WW1, and (2) the contest over ‘the housewife' in the interwar period.

Selected Publications

  • Hunt K. 2014. A Heroine at Home:The Housewife on the WW1 Home Front. In The Home Front in Britain. Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences since 1914. Andrews M and Lomas J (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hunt K and Hannam J. 2013. Towards an archaeology of interwar women’s politics: the local and the everyday. In The Aftermath of Suffrage. Women, Gender, and Politics in Britain, 1918-45. Gottlieb JV and Toye R (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Hunt K. 2013. Women, solidarity and the 1913 Lockout: Dora Montefiore and the 'Save the Kiddies' scheme. In A capital in conflict: Dublin city and the 1913 Lockout. Dublin: Dublin City Council.
  • Hunt K. 2009. Rethinking Activism: Lessons from the History of Women's Politics. Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 62(2), 211-226. link> doi>
  • Hunt K. 2012. The local and the everyday:interwar women's politics. The Local Historian, vol. 42, 266-279.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Hunt K. 2002. Equivocal Feminists. Cambridge Univ Pr.
  • HUNT K and Hannam, J.. 2002. Socialist Women, Britain, 1880s to 1920s. Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Hunt K. 2012. The local and the everyday:interwar women's politics. The Local Historian, vol. 42, 266-279.
  • Hunt K. 2010. The Politics of Food and Women's Neighborhood Activism in First World War Britain. International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 77(1), 8-26. link> doi>
  • Hunt K. 2009. Rethinking Activism: Lessons from the History of Women's Politics. Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 62(2), 211-226. link> doi>
  • HUNT K. 2007. 'Towards a Gendered and Raced Socialist Internationalism: Dora Montefiore Encounters South Africa (1912-14)'. African Studies, vol. 66(parts 2 and 3), 321-341. doi>
  • HUNT K and Worley, M.. 2004. 'Rethinking British Communist Party Women in the 1920s'. Twentieth Century British History, vol. 15(1), 1-27. doi>
  • Hunt K. 2004. Rethinking the Early Years of the WSPU. Bulletin of the Marx Memorial Library, vol. 139, 7-23.
  • Hunt K. 2004. Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands? Exploring socialist masculinities before the First World War. Labour History Review, vol. 69(2), 201-217. doi>
  • Hunt K. Why Manchester? Why the Pankhursts? Why 1903? Reflections on the Centenary of the Women's Social and Political Union. Manchester Region History Review, vol. 17(1), 2-9.
  • Hunt K. 2002. Gender and Labour History in the 1990s. Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur Soziale Bewegungen, vol. 27, 185-200.
  • Hunt K. 2000. Negotiating the Boundaries of the Domestic: British socialist women and the politics of consumption. Women's History Review, vol. 9, 389-410. doi>
  • Hunt K. 2000. 'The immense meaning of it all'. The challenges of internationalism for British socialist women before the First World War. Socialist History, vol. 17, 22-42.

Chapters

  • Hunt K. 2014. A Heroine at Home:The Housewife on the WW1 Home Front. In The Home Front in Britain. Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences since 1914. Andrews M and Lomas J (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hunt K and Hannam J. 2013. Towards an archaeology of interwar women’s politics: the local and the everyday. In The Aftermath of Suffrage. Women, Gender, and Politics in Britain, 1918-45. Gottlieb JV and Toye R (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Hunt K. 2013. Women, solidarity and the 1913 Lockout: Dora Montefiore and the 'Save the Kiddies' scheme. In A capital in conflict: Dublin city and the 1913 Lockout. Dublin: Dublin City Council.
  • Hunt K. 2011. 'Whirl'd through the World': The Role of Travel in the Making of Dora Montefiore, 1851-1933. In Politisch Reisen: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 1/2011. Gehmacher J and Harvey E (Eds.).
  • Hunt K. 2007. Gendering the politics of the working woman's home. In Women and Walls: How Women Made Space 1870-1950. Darling E and Whitworth L (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Hunt K. 2007. Transnationalism in Practice: the effect of Dora Montefiore's international travel on women's politics in Britain before World War 1. In Crossing boundaries. Women's organizing in Europe and the Americas, 1880s -1940s. Jonsson P, Neunsinger S, Sangster J (Eds.).
  • Hunt K. 2006. Women as Citizens: Changing the Polity. In The Routledge History of Women in Modern Europe since 1700. Simonten D (Ed.). Routledge.
  • HUNT K. 2005. 'Making Politics in Local Communities: Labour Women in Interwar Manchester'. In Labour's Grass Roots: Essays on the Activities of Local Labour Parties and Members, 1918-45. Worley M (Ed.). Ashgate.
  • Hunt K and Hannam J. 2003. Socialist Women, Birth Control and Sexual Politics in Britain in the 1920s. In Sexualität, Unterschichtenmilieus und ArbeiterInnenbewegung. Movement ICOHOTL, Pasteur P, Niederacher S, Mesner M (Eds.).
  • Hunt K. 2001. Dora Montefiore: a different communist. In Party people, communist lives: explorations in biography. Morgan K, McIlroy J, Campbell A (Eds.). Lawrence And Wishart Ltd.
  • Hunt K and Hannam J. 1999. Propagandising as Socialist Women: the case of the women's columns in British socialist newspapers, 1884-1914. In Propaganda. Political rhetoric and identity, 1300-2000. Taithe B and Thornton T (Eds.). Sutton Pub Ltd.
  • Hunt K. 1997. Fractured universality: the language of British socialism before the First World War. In Languages of labour. Belchem J and Kirk N (Eds.). Ashgate Publishing.

Other

  • Hunt K. 2003. Socialist Women, Birth Control and Sexual Politics in Britain in the 1920s.