Modern British women writers : an A-to-Z guide

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Call Number  r PR116.M63 2002

The 20th century witnessed several major cultural movements, including modernism, anti-modernism, and postmodernism. These and other means of understanding and perceiving the world shaped the literature of that era and, with the rise of feminism, resulted in a particularly rich body of literature by women writers. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 British women writers of the 20th century. Some of these writers were born in England, while others, such as Katherine Mansfield and Doris Lessing, came from countries of the former Empire or Commonwealth. The volume also includes entries for women of color, such as Kamala Markandaya and Buchi Emecheta.

Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes an overview of the writer's background, an analysis of her works, an assessment of her achievements, and lists of primary and secondary sources. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Most of the 58 women included here were born in England or were from countries formerly part of the British Empire or Commonwealth. All were active in the twentieth century, and many are still writing. Each signed entry includes an overview of the subject, an analysis of her work, an assessment of the critical response to it, and a bibliography including primary and secondary sources. A sizable selected bibliography completes the work. Although the selection of writers is limited by time period and geography, there is still considerable variety in the range of writers included. Contemporary playwrights like Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, and Timberlake Wertenbaker are here as well as classic mystery writers Agatha Christie, P. D.ames and Dorothy Sayers. Prolific writers (and sisters) A. S. Byatt and Margaret Drabble are profiled, as are writers whose work has been lately rediscovered, like Barbara Pym andean Rhys. Current literary favorites Anita Brookner, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Elizabethane Howard are among the entrants, as are several women writers of color (India's Attia Hosain andamala Markandaya and Nigeria's Buchi Emecheta). Poets as various as Edith Sitwell and Stevie Smith have found a room of their own here, and Bloomsbury is also in the house, represented by Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. This useful handbook should find a place in libraries serving high-school students and undergraduates as well as the general public. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
English literature -- Irish authors -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century.
Postmodernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Postmodernism (Literature) -- Ireland.
Modernism (Literature) -- Ireland.
Publisher Westport, Conn. :Greenwood Press,2002
Contributors Janik, Vicki K.
Janik, Del Ivan, 1945-
Nelson, Emmanuel S. (Emmanuel Sampath), 1954-
Language English
Description xvi, 428 pages ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0313310300 (alk. paper)
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