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Joseph Allen Lennon, PhD
Villanova University (Villanova, PA 19085-1478)

Marion Wallace-Dunlop and the Modern Hunger Strike, 1878-1929

Summer research and writing on British and Cultural History and Comparative Literature.

This book project examines the transnational history of the hunger strike in Great Britain, Ireland and India, focusing on its development as a public protest between the years of 1878 and 1929. At the project's center is a women's suffrage protest of July 1909 at London's Holloway Prison by Marion Wallace-Dunlop (1864-1942). This event, the first modern hunger strike, has been often cited, but rarely studied, primarily because of a dearth of known materials. The central three chapters are based on recently discovered art, diaries, letters, writings, petitions of Marion Wallace-Dunlop (held by her family), as well as recently released prison records and correspondence from the British Home Office and Metropolitan Police. The ensuing suffrage hunger strike campaign influenced James Connolly and Mohandas Gandhi who in turn initiated media-oriented hunger striking in Ireland and India. No scholarly account of Wallace-Dunlop's strike, its dynamics, and its influences yet exists.

Project fields:
British History; Comparative Literature; Cultural History

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 10/31/2015