The Victorian (Com)modification of the Female Body and its current consequences – 25th November 2019

About Catherine Pope:

In 2014, Catherine was awarded a PhD by the University of Sussex for her research on how trashy Victorian fiction was used to promote radical feminist ideas. Since then, she has written a monograph on the novelist Florence Marryat and contributed chapters to several edited collections.

A decade ago, she established Victorian Secrets, an independent press dedicated to publishing books from and about the nineteenth century. Popular titles include the biography of a Prussian strongman and a novel about a bisexual psychic vampire.

Catherine Pope has enjoyed a diverse career as a web developer, academic, and workshop facilitator. She now works as a financial coach, helping clients to understand their relationship with money and achieve financial wellbeing.

Catherine loves Victorian novels, technology, and big books about pensions. You can find out more at

About the talk:

Victorian women are often perceived as paragons of virtue. However, to nineteenth-century doctors, their unruly, problematic bodies required control – often in extreme ways. While we might think of FGM as a recent problem for the UK, this type of mutilation was practised in the era of our great-grandparents. In this talk, Catherine Pope argues that the commodification of women’s bodies 150 years ago has profound consequences for how female sexuality is viewed in the 21st century.

The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill

They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

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