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  • 28 June, 2021
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY WOMEN, 4 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000)  Annie Swan and Dr Elizabeth Glen Annie Shepherd Swan was another very popular Scottish author whose somewhat romantic and sentimental style suited the serial fiction for women she wrote and, indeed, edited. Other names she used were (1859-07-08)Annie S. Smith, David Lyall and Mrs Burnett-Smith. Annie S Swan (1859 ...
  • 17 November, 2020
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 4 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000)   Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Verrinder Smith Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) ‘The Doctors of Hoyland’ (1894) is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, a doctor himself, and best known for his Sherlock Holmes detective tales. The story centres on Dr James Ripley, a youngish doctor who has taken over his ...
  • 22 October, 2020
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 3 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Wilkie Collins and Dr Sophia Pillico Wilkie Collins, 1824-1889 The short story ‘Fie, Fie! the Fair Physician’,  by Willie Collins, was published in 1882. It is  presented as if an edited account from a woman participant  - which allows the actual author to distance himself from the views expressed. This time, the ...
  • 1 October, 2020
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 2 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Anthony Trollope and Miss Doctor Olivia Q Fleabody Anthony Trollope 1815-1882 ‘Is He Popenjoy’ (1878) is a novel by Anthony Trollope with some similarities to Charles Reade’s ‘A Woman-Hater’. The story concerns the early marital relationship of Lord George Germain, the younger brother of the absentee Marquis of ...
  • 25 November, 2019
      Sophie Almond is a second year PhD student studying at the University of Leicester. Her thesis, ‘The Medical Women’s Federation, 1879-1948’ seeks to shed new light on the early history of the organisation, and to explore how perceptions of women’s health changed during this seventy year period. Her research is funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training ...

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