Archive for the ‘Sheila Rowbotham’ Category

The new issue of the International Socialism journal is out now, featuring Judith Orr on Sheila Rowbotham, Shlomo Sand interviewed by John Rose and Sebastian Budgen on the loss of a great intellectual – Daniel Bensaid and Chris Harman.

Judith Orr writes:Dreamers of a New Day Cover Image

Sheila Rowbotham gives a fascinating account and new insight into some of the debates, organisations and publications that flourished in Britain and the US during this period in her new book, Dreamers of a New Day.

The full article, “Marxism and feminism today”,  is available here. Sheila Rowbotham’s new book Dreamers of a New Day is available now in hardback.

Shlomo Sand speaks to John Rose:

But you know the atmosphere around the established Jewish community in France is frightful. People are afraid. In France at first journalists were afraid to write about the book. However, after the war on Gaza a lot of walls fell down and people began to write more and Sand The Invention of the Jewish People Cover Imagemore about the book. And now there is a pocketbook version and again it is in the bestsellers list. In 2009 the full-size version was the bestselling book about history. But don’t underestimate just how reactionary, racist and authoritarian the current mood of the pro-Zionist circles in the French Jewish community is. They remind me of the pro-Stalinist influence in Paris at the beginning of the 1950s or even the McCarthyist influence in the US at the same time.

The full article, “Interview: Zionism, socialism and nationalism”, is available here. Shlomo Sand’s book The Invention of the Jewish People is now available in paperback.

Sebastian Budgen pays tribute to Verso authors Daniel Bensaïd and Chris Harman, who both  sadly died this year:

For Chris Harman and Daniel Bensaïd, two men who have died at almost the same age and within months of each other—one after a monumental 20-year struggle against illness, the other plucked without warning from the night—scarcely addressed probably more than a few sentences directly to each other in over 40 years. And yet their lifelong, daily, uncomplaining commitment to combine the patient, often wearisome, work of building a small revolutionary group with that of trying to theoretically regenerate the grandeur of the classical Marxist tradition by fertilising it constantly with elements of the new was nonetheless a common eHarman People's History of the World Cover Imagendeavour.Marx For Our Times Cover Image

The full article, “The Red Hussar: Daniel Bensaïd, 1946-2010”, is available here. Daniel Bensaïd’s book Marx for Our Times: Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique is available in paperback. Chris Harman’s A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millenium is also available in paperback.


Read Full Post »

Sheila Rowbotham’s new book Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century is mentioned in Kira CochDreamers of a New Day Imagerane’s article for  The Guardian on Saturday:

It’s just one of many signs that we seem to be entering a new heyday for British feminism. Another is the sudden burst of British feminist publishing, after an extensive drought. Along with Redfern and Aune’s book, the past 12 months has seen the publication of Ellie Levenson’s The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism, Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman, Natasha Walter’s Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers of a New Day, and Kat Banyard’s The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Men and Women Today.

Read the full article here.A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Image

Sheila Rowbotham is Professor of Gender and Labour History at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She is the author of the James Tait Black-shortlisted Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love. She has also written the introduction to Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women, reissued this year as part of Verso’s Revolutions series.

Read Full Post »

Daphne Spain reviewed Sheila Rowbotham’s new book Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century in the Times Literary Supplement on Wednesday:

Rowbotham’s contribution is to demonstrate Dreamers of a New Day Imagehow both prominent and obscure women in the United States and Britain created new ways of being women. Between the 1880s and the 1920s, they challenged prevailing expectations about sexuality, living arrangements, paid work and motherhood… Rowbotham does an excellent job of reminding the reader of the historical context of these women’s lives.

Read the full article here.

Read Full Post »

Marxism 2010 starts today in London, with tons of great speakers including Verso authors Slavoj Žižek, Sheila Rowbotham, Tariq Ali, Gareth Peirce, Peter Hallward and many more…

Also see Alex Callinicos’ piece on The Guardian website.

Read Full Post »

Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers of a New Day: Women who Invented the Twentieth Century received outstanding coverage from the mainstream broadsheets over the weekend, including Kathryn Hughes for the Guardian:

The problem with good ideas is that you never know quite where they will end. The Arts and Crafts movement, conceived in hand-thrown innocence by William Morris, was partly responsible for the rows of standardised bungalows put up in the interwar period, not to mention all that classroom raffia work. The bright idea of uncoupling romantic relationships from the mechanics of church and state in favour of “free love” resulted by the late 1960s in some rather anguished women and some very smug men. The clever wheeze of outsourcing routine domestic duties drove directly into the current high-cholesterol cul de sac of home-delivered pizzas. These are just some of the Big Ideas of the early 20th century that Sheila Rowbotham deals with in this exhilarating, if sometimes rueful, book

Read the full article here.

The book was also reviewed by Dinah Birch for the Observer:

When it comes to gender, the 2010 election failed to change the established order. There are four female ministers sitting in Cameron’s cabinet. In 1997, Blair chose five women for his ministerial team. This will not surprise Sheila Rowbotham, eminent historian and lifelong feminist activist. She is an old hand at recording fluctuations in women’s fortunes. Her latest book is a compelling study of the adventurous visionaries who challenged sex and gender assumptions from the 1880s up to the first world war. It is a celebration of what women have won but also a warning of what could still be lost.

Read the full review here.

Read Full Post »

Sheila Rowbotham was interviewed on Start the Week on BBC Radio 4 about the role of women in transforming ideas about work at the turn of the 20th century.

Listen here.

Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century has been recently published to critical acclaim from Alison Light in the Independent, Elaine Showalter in the Daily Telegraph, Jeanette Winterson in the Times and Melissa Benn in the New Statesman.


  • Thursday 10 June, 6.30pm

Bookmarks Bookshop

Free but please call 020 7637 1848 or email to reserve

  • Monday 21 June, 6.30 – 8pm

British Library
For more details and to book

  • Sheila will also be speaking at Marxism 2010, 1-5 July, with Slavoj Zizek, Tariq Ali, Gareth Peirce, Alberto Toscano, Peter Hallward and more!

Read Full Post »

Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century receives an outstanding review by Alison Light for the Independent in “The women who made a new politcs” :

Responding to the new pressures of modern life – mass production, slums, migration – women imagined better futures. Working conditions, diet, dress, the design of houses, streets and cities, maternity, education, sexual relations – everything was grist to their mill.

Sheila Rowbotham assembles a vast congregation of these “dreamers”: women who worked for social change long before the majority got the vote. …

Dreamers of a New Day brings to life an astonishing panoply of networks, self-help groups, leagues and unions. Countless women were “awakened” by guilt and longing, driven by moral zeal, galvanised by anger…

Dreamers of a New Day is crowded, lively and inspiring. … Rowbotham’s book is a tribute to women’s faith in the possible but also to her own unquenchable belief in women.

Read the full article here.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »