2016, Asia House
Dr. Emelyne Godfrey delivered the lecture ‘The Rise of the Jujitsu Suffragettes’ for the Bagri Foundation.
Dr Godfrey’s lecture ‘The Rise of the Jujitsu Suffragettes’ explored self-defence in England during the “long 19th century” and it was an illuminating and entertaining account that took a packed audience on a fascinating journey from India in the early 1800s to the violent struggles of the Suffragettes in the early 1900s.
Emelyne Godfrey, PhD, is Chairperson of the H.G. Wells Society. She is author of Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society (2012) and Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature (2010). In 2014 she edited The Convert, the first suffragette novel, originally published in 1907. Most recently, she was editor of Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H.G. Wells and William Morris (2016).