This book examines the relationship between war and gender through the analysis of literary texts. Focusing on the fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers, Stevie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Naomi Mitchison and Elizabeth Bowen during the 1930s and 1940s, the book considers the different and sometimes contradictory ways in which British women writers responded both to the threat of war and to actual conflict in this period.
Gill Plain is Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews.
Introduction - "business as usual", "making sense", engendering war. Part 1 Prelude to war - introduction; Dorothy L. Sayers; Stevie Smith; Virginia Woolf ("The Years"). Part 2 Weathering the storm - introduction; Virginia Woolf ("Between the Acts"); Naomi Mitchison; Elizabeth Bowen.