Kelly, Mary (8 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-13, 2004-09-14

  • Recording locations

    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Kelly, Mary, 1941- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Tape 5: Side A: MK describes detail of Women & Work Project [W&W] (continued); refers to archival research at Trades Union Congress Library, Russell Square, London. Remarks on similarities of form between Post Partum Document [PPD] and W&W; Mentions birth of son, separation from first husband and co-habitation with sculptor Ray Barrie [RB] Describes relationship with first husband and changing cultural attitudes to love and marriage; refers to living in Bayswater and Clerkenwell, London. Talks about communal living in Pimlico house with Sally Alexander, previously married to John Thaw. Comments on divided opinions around psychoanalysis and resistance to Lacan and Michel Foucault; refers to Paul Hirst and Barry Hindiss, Raphael Samuel and The History Workshop Journal; The Pointer Sisters, The Rolling Stones, and Jimmy Hendrix. Recalls clothes and make up and perceived repressiveness of Catholic teaching; remarks on issue of relationships. MK describes and analyses work on PPD; Comments on communal household; mentions influence of historian Rosalind Delmar in The History Group and her understanding of different tendencies within Women's Movement National Conference meetings. Talks about different feminisms and influence of Feminist theories on postmodernist thinkers like Jacques Derrida and others. Mentions Francesca Annis' idea of calling MK's son Kelly.

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