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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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‘Unsettled and Unsettling’ Women Migrant Voices After the War

‘Unsettled and Unsettling’ Women Migrant Voices After the War

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(p.53) Chapter Three ‘Unsettled and Unsettling’ Women Migrant Voices After the War
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British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960
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Maroula Joannou

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621822.003.0004

Mary Joannou examines the place of London as a haven for English-speaking exiles and émigrés and questions the extent to which it is possible to separate English literature from the literature of the rest of the world as post-war globalization destabilized, de-territorialized and de-colonized Englishness. For the five migrant women writers addressed here - Phyllis Shand Allfrey, Rumer Godden, Attia Hosain, Doris Lessing, and Kamala Markandaya – the attractions of migration to London, albeit bomb-damaged and shortage riven after the war, far outweighed the drabness of the environment of the metropolis. The new migrants, all politically on the left and strong upholders of freedom of speech and universal human rights, made a significant contribution to the enrichment and expansion of Britain’s literary culture in the 1940s and 1950s which was well-served by thriving post-war publishing and media industries.

Keywords:   migrant, de-colonization, globalization, Englishness, London, metropolis

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