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Dr Lucy Delap

Dr Lucy Delap

Reader in Modern British and Gender History

Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Rd
Cambridge CB3 0DF
Office Phone: 01223 762277

Biography:

Lucy Delap is a historian of modern Britain, with a particular interest in gender history, the history of feminism, print culture, labour history, disability and religion. She studied at Cambridge University, and has taught at King's College London before returning to Cambridge in 2015. She is currently working on late twentieth century masculinities, learning disability, and is also writing an introduction to global feminist history for Penguin, tentatively titled Feminism: a useable history.  She is co-investigator for a Leverhulme-funded project on the history of Virago and Spare Rib, which will run from 2018-21. In 2018 her work on historical child sexual abuse with colleagues Adrian Bingham and Louise Jackson was awarded the Royal Historical Society Public History Prize for public debate and policy.

Research Interests

Gender history, print culture and media history, the history of disability, modern religious history, history of sexuality

Research Supervision

I supervise Masters and PhD students in modern British social and cultural history, gender history and history of sexuality.  I welcome enquiries from students in these fields.

Teaching

I supervise and lecture for the modern British history papers 6 and 11, and for Historical Argument and Practice. I run a special subject for Part II, 'the transformation of everyday life in Britain, 1945-90'. At the MA level I teach options in gender and sexuality, and policy history.

Other Professional Activities

I have worked closely with History & Policy since 2013, a collaboration between the Cambridge University History Faculty and King's College London which connects historians to policy makers and opinion formers, and am currently a senior editor. I am a convenor for the Modern British History and Cultural History seminars at Cambridge, and for the Women's History Seminar at the Institute for Historical Research. I am an editorial board member of Women's History Review.

Keywords

  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Britain since 1890, (Co-edited with Sue Morgan) Palgrave Macmillan, (2013)

Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Feminist media history: Suffrage, periodicals and the public sphere, jointly authored with Maria DiCenzo and Leila Ryan, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) 

The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800, (co edited with Ben Griffin and Abi Wills), Palgrave Macmillan, (2009)

The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the Early Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2007). 

Other Publications

“Disgusting details which are best forgotten”: Disclosures of Child Sexual Abuse in Twentieth Century Britain’ Journal of British Studies (2018)

‘Feminism, masculinities and emotional politics in the late twentieth century’, Cultural and Social History (forthcoming 2018)

‘Uneasy Solidarity: The British men’s movement and feminism’, in Women’s Liberation Movement: impacts and outcomes (Berghahn, 2017), ed Kristina Schulz, p. 214-236

With Adrian Bingham, Louise Jackson ,and Louise Settle ‘Historical Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales: the Role of Historians’, History of Education, 2016

‘Feminist Bookshops, Reading Cultures and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Great Britain, c. 1974–2000’, History Workshop Journal, 81, Spring 2016.

"Genius must do the scullery work of the world’: New Women, Feminists and Genius, circa 1880-1920’, Genealogies of Genius, edited by Joyce Chaplin and Darrin McMahon, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

‘History and Policy: a decade of bridge-building in the United Kingdom’, with Simon Szreter and Paul Warde, Scandia, 80: 1, 2014, 97-118

‘‘No one pretends he was faultless’: W T Stead and the Women’s Movement’, with Maria DiCenzo, in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 16, (2013)

‘'Be Strong and Play the Man': Anglican masculinities in the twentieth century’. In Delap and Morgan, Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Britain since 1890, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013),

‘Uneven Orientalisms: Burmese Women and the Feminist Imagination’, Gender and History, 2, (2012), 389-410

‘Conservative values, Anglicans, and the gender order in interwar Britain’, in Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation Building in Britain Between the Wars ed. Laura Beers and Geraint Thomas, Institute of Historical Research Publications, pp. 149-168, (2012)

‘“For ever and ever”: Child-raising, domestic workers and emotional labour in twentieth century Britain’, Studies in the Maternal, 3(2), (2011)

‘Housework, Housewives and Domestic Workers: Twentieth Century Dilemmas of Domesticity’ Home Cultures 8, 2, pp 189-210, special issue on Home and Work, ed. Hoskins and Hamlett, (2011).

‘The Woman Question and the Origins of Feminism’ in The Cambridge History of  Nineteenth Century Political Thought, ed. Gareth Stedman Jones and Gregory Claeys, Cambridge University Press, (2011)

‘Kitchen Sink Laughter: Domestic Service Humour in Twentieth Century Britain’, Journal of British Studies, 49:3, 623-54 (2010)

Transatlantic Print Culture: The Anglo-American Feminist Press and Emerging ‘Modernities’ (with Maria DiCenzo, in Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms, ed. P. Collier and A. Ardis Palgrave Macmillan (2008)

“Campaigns of Curiosity: class crossing and role reversal in British domestic service, c. 1890-1950, Left History vol. 12, no. 2, Fall/Winter, 33-63 (2007)