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Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide

Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780313310300
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2002
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

VICKI K. JANIK is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Farmingdale. Her previous books include Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History (Greenwood, 1998).

DEL IVAN JANIK is Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Cortland. He has written on British, Irish, and American writers including D. H. Lawrence, Flann O'Brien, Gary Snyder, and A. S. Byatt.

Table of Contents


Adcock , Fleur by Roberta M. Schreyer

Bainbridge, Beryl by André L. DeCuir

Barker, Pat by Laura Frost

Bedfors, Sybille by Mitchell R. Lewis

Bowen, Elizabeth by Stella Deen

Brittain, Vera by Britta Zangen

Brookner, Anita by Del Ivan Janik

Brophy, Brigid by Karl L. Stenger

Byatt, A. S. by Maria Koundoura

Carter, Angela by Anna Katsavos

Christie, Agatha by Alan Lutkus

Churchill, Caryl by Joel Shatzky

Compton-Burnett, Ivy by Jonathan Bolton

Devlin, Anne by Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw

Drabble, Margaret by Joseph Zepetello

Duffy, Maureen by Regina M. Buccola

Emecheta, Buchi by Jerilyn Fisher

Fitzgerald, Penelope by Douglas Clayton

Gems, Pam by José Ramó Prado Pérez

Hill, Susan Elizabeth by Mary Louise Hill

Holtby, Winifred by Patricia Rae

Hosain, Atia by Ashok Bery

Howard, Elizabeth Jane by Heike Elisabeth Jungst

James, P. D. by Tony Giffone

Jameson, Storm by Phyllis Lassner

Jellicoe, Ann by Neil Novelli

Johnson, Pamela Hansford by Chris Hopkins

Keatley, Charlotte by Regina M. Buccola

Lehmann, Rosamund by Jonathan Bolton

Lessing, Doris by Del Ivan Janik

Lively, Penelope by Jacqueline Gmuca

Mansfield, Katherine by Karla Alwes

Markandaya, Kamala by Hena Ahmad

Melville, Pauline by John Thieme

Mew, Charlotte by Gina Wisker

Mortimer, Penelope by Jana L. French

Murdoch, Iris by John Louis DeGaetani

Nichols, Grace by Suzanne Scafe

Pym, Barbara by Marlene SanMiguel Groner

Rhys, Jean by Joy Castro

Richardson, Dorothy by Laura Frost

Sackville-West, Vita by Peter F. Naccarato

Sayers, Dorothy L. by Edmund Miller

Sinclair, May by Melinda Harvey

Sitwell, Edith by Gina Wisker

Smith, Stevie by Julie Sims Steward

Spark, Muriel by Frank Kelly

St. Aubin De Teran, Lisa by Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson

Taylor, Elizabeth Coles by Robert Ellis Hosmer Jr.

Thirkell, Angela by Mitchell R. Lewis

Townsend Warner, Sylvia by Chris Hopkins

Weldon, Fay by Kathleen Ellis

Wertenbaker, Timnerlake by John H. Lutterbie

Wesley, Mary by Beverley E. Schneller

West, Rebecca by Sarah Miles Watts

Winterson, Jeanette by Maria Koundoura

Woolf, Virginia by Peter F. Naccarato

Young, E. H. by Stella Deen



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