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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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Men of the House

Men of the House

Oppressive Husbands and Displaced Wives in Interwar, War and Postwar Women’s Fiction (Daphne du Maurier, Dorothy Whipple, Elizabeth Taylor)

(p.161) Chapter Nine Men of the House
British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960

Lucy Hall

Liverpool University Press

Lucy Hall examines how three novels by women published before, during and just after the Second World War reframe wider social concerns over gender and power through the prism of the domestic space. The essay suggests that the authors discussed embody a mid-century perspective that characterizes a number of interfeminist texts. The novels express cultural fears alongside wider themes of invasion, tyranny, and power as they expose how the domestic sphere becomes a contested space in which broad-ranging anxieties are played out. In the context of the 1930s and 1940s the essay speculates on the idea that a version of fascism lies beneath the surface of the three domestic narratives in which female characters are constrained and, to a greater or lesser extent, forcibly excluded not only from a male-dominated social order but also from their traditional role in the domestic space itself.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Whipple, Daphne du Maurier, gender, social order, domestic space, interfeminist, tyranny, fascism

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