Revolutionary Women: Imagining Louise Michel
Dr. Mary Talbot (Author of the graphic novel The Red Virgin) and Dr. Laura O'Brien (Northumbria University) will discuss revolutionary women in the 19th century.
In a year which started with women marching on Washington to defend their rights these talks will give some historical perspective on women's political engagement and their roles in history. The graphic novel author and the historian meet to investigate the role of women in revolutions with a particular focus on Louise Michel known as the Red Virgin who was active during the Paris Commune of spring 1871. This will be an opportunity to reflect on how women’s political activities were understood and represented in revolutionary periods and how these historical figures are understood today. This event will also coincide closely with International Women Day held every year in March and the anniversary of the Paris Commune, founded in March 1871.
Furthermore, this is an opportunity to consider the ways in which history is created and presented by the professional historian and by the graphic biographer.