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The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970-Present: Volume 10

The University of Leicester bookshop is currently offering The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970-Present, ed. by Mary Eagleton and Emma Parker (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) at the hugely discounted price of £28 (RRP £55):

Detailed Description
Major changes in the social and political landscape of Britain since 1970 engendered the proliferation and diversification of literature by women, as well as resulting in a radical challenge to dominant conceptions of gender and national identity. This book maps the most active and vibrant period in the history of women’s writing and assesses the impact of women on literary culture. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine female authors’ engagement with fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. They consider the relationship between women and literary tradition, and between gender and genre, in the context of feminism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. Topics include publishing and prizes, Gothic fiction, fantasy and fairy tales, auto/biography, black and Asian writing, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish writing, postfeminism, post-millennial themes and concerns, and new technologies. Covering more than 250 authors, from grandes dames to graphic novelists, this volume offers an unprecedented insight into the richness and range of contemporary British women’s writing.

For further info about the book, see the Table of Contents here:

Dr Emma Parker
Reader in Post-War and Contemporary Literature
Co-editor, Contemporary Women’s Writing
University of Leicester
University Road
Tel: 0116 252 2630

British Women Short Story Writers: The New Woman to Now

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The New Woman to Now

July 2015
Edited by Emma Young and James Bailey

Essays tracing the evolving relationship between British women writers and the short story genre from the late Nineteenth Century to the present day


What is the relationship between the British woman writer and the short story? Considering the effect of literary inheritances, societal and cultural change, and shifting publishing demands, this collection traces the evolution of the genre through to its continued appeal to women writing today; from the New Woman to contemporary feminisms, women’s anthologies to micro fiction, and modernist writers to contemporary works.

Key Features

  • A foreword by Ali Smith and 11 chapters discuss a range of gender and genre issues since the fin-de-siècle to the present day
  • Sets out a clear trajectory to map both the historical and literary connections
    and divergences between British women short story writers
  • Offers a comprehensive account of the genre’s development to provide scholars with a unique insight into a largely neglected aspect of women’s writing
  • Includes new readings of canonical authors alongside more recent theoretical approaches, innovations and lesser-discussed writers