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History of British Women's Writing

The History of British Women's Writing, 1945-1975

Volume Nine

Editors: Hanson, Clare, Watkins, Susan (Eds.)

  • Considers a variety of forms and genres, from poetry and journalism to spy thrillers and science fictionLooks at women's writing in relation to changing attitudes surrounding race, class and sexuality
  • Analyses women writer's interactions with global politics, ranging from the Holocaust to the end of Empire 
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This volume reshapes our understanding of British literary culture from 1945-1975 by exploring the richness and diversity of women’s writing of this period. Essays by leading scholars reveal the range and intensity of women writers’ engagement with post-war transformations including the founding of the Welfare State, the gradual liberalization of attitudes to gender and sexuality and the reconfiguration of Britain and the empire in the context of the Cold War. Attending closely to the politics of form, the sixteen essays range across ‘literary’, ‘middlebrow’ and ‘popular’ genres, including espionage thrillers and historical fiction, children’s literature and science fiction, as well as poetry, drama and journalism. They examine issues including realism and experimentalism, education, class and politics, the emergence of ‘second-wave’ feminism, responses to the Holocaust and mass migration and diaspora.  The volume offers an exciting reassessment of women’s writing at a time of radical social change and rapid cultural expansion.  

About the authors

Clare Hanson is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature at the University of Southampton, UK. She has published widely on the short story and on twentieth-century women’s writing and is the author of Hysterical Fictions: the Woman’s Novel in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2000), A Cultural History of Pregnancy: Pregnancy, Medicine and Culture in Britain, 1750-2000 (Palgrave, 2004) and Eugenics, Literature and Culture in Post-war Britain (2012). Between 2010 and 2012 she was co-editor of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing. Her current research explores the relationship between genetics and the literary imagination.

Susan Watkins is Professor in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is the author of Twentieth-Century Women Novelists: Feminist Theory into Practice (Palgrave, 2001) and Doris Lessing (2010), and co-editor of Scandalous Fictions: The Twentieth-Century Novel in the Public Sphere (Palgrave, 2006) and Doris Lessing: Border Crossings (2009). She was Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association from 2010-2014 and co-editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature from 2010-2015.

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“Clare Hanson and Susan Watkins accomplished mapping of the literary-historical period between 1945 and 1975 is an excellent addition to Palgrave’s invaluable History of British Women’s Writing. Sixteen specially  commissioned essays by well-known scholars and newly emergent critical voices insightfully ‘look back in gender’ at the  diverse and eclectic range of  writing emanating from  the  bomb sites of postwar London through to  the pioneering days  of the women’s liberation movement.  An engaging, impeccably researched collection which is pleasingly wide in its scope features children’s literature, journalism and science fiction alongside migrant writing and experimental drama and poetry.  This will be a ‘must read’ for students of literature, gender and history for many years to come.” (Mary Joannou, Emerita Professor of Women’s Writing and Literary History, Anglia Ruskin University, UK)></p></p>

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History of British Women's Writing, 1945-1975
Book Subtitle
Volume Nine
Editors
  • Clare Hanson
  • Susan Watkins
Series Title
History of British Women's Writing
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47736-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-47736-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47735-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 305
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