Women's Fiction of the Second World War
Gender, Power, Resistance
By (author) Gill Plain
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Women's Fiction of the Second World War by Gill Plain
Book DescriptionThis is a study of the writing of women novelists which examines the relationship between war and gender through the analysis of literary texts. Focusing on the fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers, Stevie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Naomi Mitchison and Elizabeth Bowen during the 1930s and 1940s, the book considers the different and sometimes contradictory ways in which British women writers responded to the threat of war, and to the actual conflict in this period. The author discusses the premise that if war represents a state of crisis for the patriarchal order, its influence on gender relations is pervasive. She argues for the specificity of women's relationship to war, contrasting the cultural positions women were expected to assume with those they attempted to create for themselves through writing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748608508
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gill Plain
Literature of the 1940s, Paperback (April 2015)
Offers a reading of the literary response to a decade of trauma and transformation. This study focuses on the thematic preoccupations that emerged from writers' immersion in and resistance to the Second World War. It includes a detailed and theoretically informed case studies of canonical writers such as Bowen, Orwell, Greene and Waugh.
Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and 'peace', Hardback (September 2013)
This new study rereads the literary response to a decade of trauma and transformation. Instead of separating the 1940s into before and after the war, it focuses on the entire decade and the themes which emerged from writers' involvement in and resistance to, the conflict. It examines popular and middlebrow writers, as well as literary authors.
History of Feminist Literary Criticism, Paperback (October 2012)
This book offers a comprehensive guide to the history and development of feminist literary criticism and a lively reassessment of the main issues.
John Mills and British Cinema, Paperback (March 2006)» View all books by Gill Plain
This book asks how was it possible for an actor to embody national identity and, by exploring the cultural contexts in which Mills and the nation became synonymous, the book offers a new perspective on 40 years of cinema and social change.
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