Why women writers? Why 1945-1960?

In literary and cultural histories, the postwar period is usually described as the age of the “angry young men” and as a low point for women and for British feminism. This is why for this project we decided to focus on women writers in exactly this period, before the publishing boom of the 1960s and the rise of a new generation of women writers changed the literary landscape. Work by postwar women writers has been neglected for a long time, with few exceptions, and some of these authors are only now being rediscovered, reprinted and reappraised. This includes work by writers already active before the war, e.g. Rose Macaulay, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Anna Kavan, but also emerging younger writers like Emma Smith, Barbara Comyns, or Barbara Pym.

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