By Janet Montefiore
Women and men Writers of the Thirties is a looking critique of the problems of reminiscence and gender in this dynamic decade. Montefiore asks precept questions; what half does reminiscence play within the political literature of and approximately Thirties Britain? And what have been the jobs of ladies, either as writers and as signifying items in developing that literature? Montefiore's topical research of Thirties mass unemployment, fascist uprise and 'appeasement' is shockingly proper in society this present day. problems with category, anti-fascist old novels, submit conflict memoirs of 'Auden iteration' writers and missed ladies poets are mentioned at size. Writers comprise: * George Orwell * Virginia Woolf * W.H. Auden * typhoon Jameson * Jean Rhys * Rebecca West
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This archaic assumption of separate spheres, still deeply rooted in our culture, affects nearly all accounts of the 1930s. It is, for example, subtly present in Samuel Hynes’ The Auden Generation, whose central opposition between public and private experience ‘naturally’ effaces women through the implicit but unquestioned assumption that women and their writing are part of the private world. 45 Yet the achievements of those women writers who responded in their imaginative writing to the historic and political issues of the 1930s are numerous and distinguished.
75 My reason for concentrating on Cockburn and Jameson rather than surveying these other autobiographies, important and neglected though they are, is that because these two writers were public activists, their memoirs are political in a way that the others I have named are not. Margaret Storm Jameson, whose reputation as a novelist was at its height during the 1930s and 1940s, put her energies as much into public activism as into her strongly polemical fiction. As chairman of the English PEN from 1938 to 1945, she worked indefatigably to help refugees from Hitler’s Europe76—a task which meant much speaking at REMEMBERING THE 1930S 33 public meetings and joining committees, as well as paperwork.
The high schools educated Storm Jameson and Kathleen Raine well enough to enable them to finance their undergraduate educations by winning publicly funded scholarships. But though these women writers did in important ways share the class, culture and education of the slightly younger men of the ‘Auden Generation’, their lives were obviously very different, especially in the ways in which most of them lived through the Great War. The differences in experience between a young woman coming of age during the war and a schoolboy too young to fight are visible when one compares the interwar writings of Jameson, Brittain, Holtby, Warner and West with the canonical male writers (see pp.
Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History by Janet Montefiore