The History of British Women’s Writing, 1945–1975

  • Clare Hanson
  • Susan Watkins

Part of the History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Clare Hanson, Susan Watkins
      Pages 1-15
  3. Changing Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Gabriele Griffin
      Pages 54-70
    3. Deborah Chambers
      Pages 71-88
  4. Reconstructing Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Kerry Myler
      Pages 108-123
    3. Leanne Bibby
      Pages 124-141
    4. Kristin Bluemel
      Pages 142-156
  5. Global Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Sue Vice
      Pages 159-175
    3. Katie Gramich
      Pages 176-191
  6. Expanding Genres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Diana Wallace
      Pages 242-258
    3. Susan Watkins
      Pages 273-288
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-305

About this book


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.  


Gender Genre Global politics Sexuality Social change Twentieth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Clare Hanson
    • 1
  • Susan Watkins
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.School of Cultural Studies and HumanitiesLeeds Beckett UniversityUK

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