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Political and Social Issues in British Women's Fiction, 1928-1968 - E. Maslen

Political and Social Issues in British Women's Fiction, 1928-1968

By: E. Maslen

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Elizabeth Maslen reassesses fiction written by women between the granting of universal franchise and the advent of new-wave feminism. Through close readings of a wide range of novels, she analyzes the way writers choose to represent such issues as pacifism and the threat of fascism, war, race and class, and gender.

Maslen provides academic readers with a useful tool for understanding a difficult period. Choice

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Women's Ways of Writingp. 20
'An uproar of voices' in the thirtiesp. 28
The forties as 'a series of transformations'p. 41
'The dangers of insufficient symbolism' after the Warp. 46
The 'socially determined fiction' of private life in the sixtiesp. 52
Wars and Rumours of Warsp. 62
Hauntings and forebodings of war in the thirtiesp. 67
Home and abroad in the War yearsp. 75
'The post-war': neither war nor peace in the late fortiesp. 85
Under the shadow of the bomb in the fifties and sixtiesp. 90
Marginalities of Race and Classp. 99
Race, empire and wage-slaves in the thirtiesp. 101
Xenophobia, merging and mixing in the fortiesp. 113
The shifting and changing margins of the fiftiesp. 123
New voices of the sixtiesp. 134
Men, Women, Sex and Genderp. 145
Advances and exclusions in the thirtiesp. 148
The gender paradoxes of the fortiesp. 158
Domesticity, rebels and victims in the fiftiesp. 166
The politics of self-actualization and progressive social change: the sixtiesp. 174
Women in a Changing Society: Conclusionp. 185
Notesp. 204
Primary Sourcesp. 229
Select Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780333729533
ISBN-10: 0333729536
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th February 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1