Janet Lee is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, USA, where she focuses on early-twentieth century cultural histories. Current projects include literary histories of Stella Miles Franklin’s Chicago years, and a history of emotions focus on relationships between militarism and modernity that explores the ways imperialism and forces of modernity shape embodied emotional performances of military masculinities among British World War I airmen. She is author of War girls: the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in the First World War (Manchester University Press, 2005); Comrades and partners: the shared lives of Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000); Blood stories (Routledge, 1996); and several women’s and gender studies textbooks published with McGraw Hill.
Oregon State University
This paper revives Stella Miles Franklin’s 1917 play, ‘Virtue’, a long-forgotten protest drama about economic servitude, sexual desire, and the perils of prostitution. I discuss the ways Franklin uses ‘Virtue’ to first, protest the perils of female economic vulnerability that…