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Step-Daughters of England
British Women Modernists and the National Imaginary
Jane Garrity  

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 5/1/2003
ISBN: 9780719061646    

376 Pages

Canadian rights only.
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

Jane Garrity shows how four British women modernists - Dorothy Richardson, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mary Butts and Virginia Woolf - used experimental literary techniques in order to situate themselves as national subjects. Reading literary texts through the lens of material culture, this book makes a major contribution to the new modernist studies by arguing that women's imaginative work is inseparable from their ambivalent and complicated relation to Britain's imperial history.

Drawing on extensive archival research, Garrity takes as her point of departure the ubiquitous maternal and racial link to national identification during the interwar period. Each chapter foregrounds a different range of cultural developments that coincided with the rise of modernism, such as emerging visual techniques, the revival of British neo-medievalism, ethnographic work on primitive mysticism, and nostalgia for English ruralism. By locating both canonical and non-canonical works of female literary modernism within broader cultural discourses, Garrity demonstrates the intersections among nationalism, imperialism, gender and sexuality in the construction of English national culture.

About the Author(s)

Jane Garrity is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conquering new worlds: Women, modernism and nationalism

1. Domesticating the empire: British womanhood and national culture
2. 'Neither English nor civilised': Dorothy Richardson's spectatrix and the feminine crusade
3. Encoding bi-location: Sylvia Townsend Warner and the primitive erotics of Sapphic dissimulation
4. Mary Butt's England: Racial memory and the daughter's mystical assertion of nationhood
5. Mapping 'the body of our mother': National desire, imperial nostalgia, and language in Virginia Woolf Epilogue: Rebuilding the house of England Bibliography


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Women's Studies

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