Living 'wilfully': the same-sex marriage ceremony of 'Michael Field' by the Smutt River

Bickle, Sharon (2016) Living 'wilfully': the same-sex marriage ceremony of 'Michael Field' by the Smutt River. Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, 41 (1/2). pp. 116-128. ISSN 0311-4198


This article focuses on the relationship and life writings of the late- Victorian writing collaboration known as 'Michael Field.' It considers the notion of willfulness developed by Sara Ahmed in Willful Subjects as a way of interpreting Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper ('Michael Field') and their use of willfulness as a productive narrative strategy particularly in the joint diary, 'Works and Days'. This becomes apparent through the examination of the account of Bradley and Cooper’s wedding ceremony by Smutt River, and Bradley's symbolic and Eucharistic absorption of the spirit of Cooper’s dead father James into a new and explicitly willful narrative of their married life in Richmond.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Hecate Press. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 04:00
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: authorship; collaboration; Willful Subjects (book); narration (rhetoric); BRADLEY, Katharine Harris, 1846-1914; COOPER, Edith Emma, 1862-1913; AHMED, Sara; Michael Field
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature

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