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“No One Noticed Her”: Ageing Spinsters and Youth Culture in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Short Stories

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This chapter looks at the representation of ageing women in relation to the construction of spinsterhood in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s short fiction, spanning the author’s long writing career from the interwar period in the 1930s to her later work in the 1960s. Taking Warner’s most famous ageing spinster Lolly Willowes as its starting-point, it analyses the construction of spinsterhood in a selection of Warner’s critically neglected short stories, demonstrating the author’s increasingly subversive critique of a youth culture that marginalises the old and unmarried.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLimerickIreland

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