Women's Fiction and the Great War

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The Great War stimulated a sudden growth in the novel industry, and the trauma of the war continued to reverberate through much of the fiction published in the years that followed its inglorious end. The essays in this volume, by a number of leading critics in the field, considers some of the best-known, and some of the least-known, women writers on whose work the war left its shadow. Ranging from Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and H.D. to Vernon Lee, Frances Bellerby, and Mary Butts, the contributors challenge current thinking about women's responses to the First World War and explore the differences between women writers of the period, thus questioning the very categorization of "women's writing."

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Challenging current thinking about women's responses to the First World War, and questioning<-->even as it supports<-->the categorization of "women's writing," this volume considers some of the best known, and some of the least known, women writers on whose work the war left its impression. The writing of some of the most famous modernist women writers<-->including Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and HD is reassessed as war literature, and the work of long-neglected authors such as Vernon Lee, Frances Bellerby, and Mary Butts is at last given serious attention. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198182832
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

University of Southampton

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Table of Contents

1 Mrs Humphry Ward and the First Casualty of War
2 Payments and Face Values: Edith Wharton's A Son at the Front
3 'Contagious Ecstasy': May Sinclair's War Journals
4 'A Great Purifier': The Great War in Women's Romances and Memoirs 1914-1918
5 The Dissidence of Vernon Lee: Satan the Waster and the Will to Believe
6 The Grotesque and the Great War in to the Lighthouse
7 'It Goes on Happening': Frances Bellerby and the Great War
8 'Still Some Obstinate Emotion Remains': Radclyffe Hall and the Meanings of Service
9 Flies and Violets in Katherine Mansfield
10 Mary Butts, Mothers, and War
11 HD's War Neurotics
12 Gertrude Stein and War
Notes on the Contributors
Select Bibliography
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