Staff Profiles

Professor Sue Morgan

Professor Emerita, Gender and Women's History

s.morgan@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816212

Professor Sue Morgan

BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Bristol)

 

Publications

Books

The Feminist History Reader (London: Routledge, 2006)

Manifestos for History (London: Routledge, 2007) co-edited with Keith Jenkins and Alun Munslow

Women, Gender and Religious Cultures: Britain, 1800-1940 (London: Routledge, 2010) co-edited with Jacqueline deVries

Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth Century Britain (London: Palgrave, 2013) co-edited with Lucy Delap

Sex, Gender and the Sacred: Reconfiguring Religion in Gender History  (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014) co-edited with Joanna de Groot

Articles and chapters

 ‘”Wild Oats or Acorns?” social purity, sexual politics and the response of the late-Victorian church’, Journal of Religious History, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2007): 151-68

‘Theorising feminist history: a thirty year retrospective’, Women’s History Review, Vol. 18, No.3 (2009): 381-406

‘The word made flesh: women, religion and sexual cultures’ in Morgan and DeVries (eds) Women, Gender and Religious Cultures: Britain, 1800-1940 (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 159-187

‘Beyond the “religious turn”: past, present and future perspectives in gender history’, in Sue Morgan and Joanna de Groot (eds) ‘Gender and Religion’, Gender and History Special Issue, 25th Anniversary Volume Vol. 25, No. 3 (2013): 392-422

‘”Iron Strength and Infinite Tenderness”: Herbert Gray and the Making of Christian Masculinities at War and at Home, 1900–40’, in Delap and Morgan (eds) Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth Century Britain (London: Palgrave, 2013) , pp.168-96

‘A “Feminist Conspiracy”: Maude Royden, Women’s Ministry and the British Press, 1916-1921’, Women’s History Review, Vol. 22, No. 3 (2013):1-24

‘Sex and Common-Sense: Maude Royden, religion and modern sexuality’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1 (2013): 153-78

Work in progress

The Language of Love: Religion, Sex and Gender in Britain, 1880-1940 (monograph)

‘Religion, feminism and new sexual discourses in interwar Britain’ (article)

‘Hypatia: Dora Russell, the Modern Sexual Self and the Heresy of Religion’ (article)

‘Conservative modernity? Rethinking interwar British masculinity and the domestication thesis’ (article)

Editorial Positions

Deputy Editor (UK) Women’s History Review

Editorial Board Member, Gender and History

Research

My research interests over the last twenty five years have focused on the history of the intersections between gender, sexuality and religion in nineteenth and early twentieth century  Britain.

Always concerned to complicate the  twin narratives of modernisation and secularisation, my earliest publications explored late-Victorian women’s rhetoric of sexuality and spirituality in a series of influential moral reform campaigns during the 1880s and 1890s responsible for the implementation of important legal developments in sexual morality, prostitution, family life and the censorship of popular entertainment, many of which threw a long shadow over the early twentieth century. 

I also work on late-Victorian, Edwardian and interwar constructions of masculinity and the way in which the churches drew heavily upon popular cultural motifs of chivalry, empire and militarism in order to try and win back a dwindling male congregation both pre and post the First World War.

Currently I am completing a longer history (1800-1940) of changing religious attitudes towards gender and sexuality, drawing on institutional church records, autobiographies, personal diaries, correspondence and published writings.

My latest book, The Language of Love: Religion, Sex and Gender in Britain, 1880-1940 explores religious responses to new intellectual developments in psychology, sexual ethics and politics and interrogates the shift in worldview from ‘Victorian’ to ‘modern’.