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British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960Between the Waves$
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Sue Kennedy and Jane Thomas

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621822

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621822.001.0001

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British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960

Sue Kennedy

Jane Thomas

Liverpool University Press

British Women’s Writing 1930-1960: Between the Waves offers new insights into writing by women in the middle third of the twentieth century. The neologism ‘interfeminism’ facilitates the reassessment of fictional and non-fictional writing previously overshadowed by the cultural and social monoliths of modernism, postmodernism and first and second wave feminism. Often critically overlooked or out of print, these writers reveal a literary-historical and contemporary feminist significance that has only recently been recognised. While it is assumed that the authors discussed here largely identified and were recognised as women, many were engaged in actively challenging or consciously constructing the social norms that facilitated this recognition through their depiction of the domestic and public space. Close readings underpinned by a range of theoretical concepts and archival research map uncharted cultural space and reveal the dynamism and innovation of a period of assumed literary and political quiescence.

Keywords:   British women’s writing, interfeminism, interbellum, postbellum, feminism, domestic space, twentieth century

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