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The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity, and Bohemianism
     

The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity, and Bohemianism

by Nicola Humble
 

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"Middlebrow" has always been a dirty word, used disparagingly since its coinage in the mid-1920s for the sort of literature thought to be too easy, insular and smug. Aiming to rehabilitate the feminine middlebrow, Nicola Humble argues that the novels of writers such as Rosamund Lehmann, Elizabeth Taylor, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford, played a powerful

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"Middlebrow" has always been a dirty word, used disparagingly since its coinage in the mid-1920s for the sort of literature thought to be too easy, insular and smug. Aiming to rehabilitate the feminine middlebrow, Nicola Humble argues that the novels of writers such as Rosamund Lehmann, Elizabeth Taylor, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford, played a powerful role in establishing and consolidating, but also in resisting, new class and gender identities in this period of volatile change for both women and the middle classes.

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"A fascinating study of literary culture, which offers many intriguing tasters of the novels themselves. The bizarre characters and scenarios, and the conscious ironies of some of these 'good bad books' leave one curious to read more."—Times Literary Supplement

"Humble is a clear-eyed reader, and her passions lie just under the surface of her jargon-free prose."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199269334
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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University of Surrey Roehampton

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