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Suffrage in the 20th Century: Overviews
In this essay, Showalter explores the response of British women writers to the suffrage movement, noting that the struggle for votes did not seem to have a generally positive influence on writers, stimulating guilt, hostility, and class-based criticism instead.
Women in the Early to Mid-20th Century
Showalter contends that many women writers of the early twentieth century reacted to the violence of the First World War and the almost-masculine nature of the feminist movement by attempting to create a new kind of writing that offered a retreat from the real world rather than an expression of it.
Feminism and Literature
Full text, peer reviewed articles in Academic Search Complete Database.
Homosexuality in Literature
Peer reviewed, full text articles in Academic Search Complete database.
Feminist and anti-feminist encounters in Edwardian Britain.
This article highlights anti-feminism as a neglected source in British debates about gender in the early twentieth century. It examines Edwardian feminism and anti-feminism within the ‘little magazines’ of ‘advanced’ or modernist circles, and explores the lack of conceptual distinctness of thinkers who identified themselves, or have been subsequently identified, as on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Gendered Spaces and Political Identity: debating societies in English women's colleges, 1890-1914.
This article chronicles the construction of a political education for women through the use of debating societies in women's colleges at Oxford and Cambridge universities and the University of London. Women's active participation in these societies suggests that female students were not only claiming and redefining public space, but were also establishing a collegiate political identity.
Sexual Identities and Patriotism in Wartime Britain: Literary No-Man's Land
The article offers author's view on homosexuality in soldiers during the time of Great War. It also mentions the works such as "Despised and Rejected" written by Rose Allatini under the penname A. T. Fitzroy, and Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness". The article also mentions the work done by author and sexologist Havelock Ellis that offers information on lesbianism and the advent of feminism in the British Empire.
Flappers: The Birth of the 20th-Century Woman
Using vibrant archival film clips and interviews with women who came of age during the Roaring 20s in Britain, this program chronicles the emergence of the modern woman in the aftermath of World War I.