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Biographical Note

I’m currently a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, with a PhD in English Literature from the University of Hull, and  BA (Hons) in English Literature & English Language from the University of Salford. My research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary...

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The Widow & the Law: A Brief History of Widows’ Pensions in Britain

At a time when we remember the First World War, its victims, and its survivors, it seems apt for me to share some of the research I’ve been doing on the literary and cultural history of the widow in Britain, and particularly on how the state’s support and the economic conditions of widowed women has changed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and reflects both Britain’s development in terms of gender equality as well as the emergence of the welfare state.

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