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The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its
coverage of writing and culture in postwar and contemporary womens writing in, primarily, Volume Postwar and Contemporary English Writing and Culture, as well as Volume 3.2.4 Postwar
and Contemporary Writing and Culture of the United States.
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Doris Lessings 2007 Nobel Prize win
British Chick Lit
Contemporary Experimental Womens Writing


British Feminism: Second Wave Womens Movement (1960-1980)
British Feminism: Postfeminism (1980-present)

A M Homes
Ali Smith
Alice Thomas Ellis
Alison Fell
Ann Patchett
Antonia White
Bernice Rubens
Carolyn Slaughter
Catherine Cookson
Claire Messud
Deborah Moggach


Dodie Smith
E. Arnot Robertson
Eimar McBride
Elaine Feinstein
Elizabeth Jane Howard
Emma Donoghue
Esther Freud
Eva Figes
Eva Hoffman
Gillian Flynn
Helen Dunmore
Helen Fielding
Isabel Colegate
Jane Gardam
Jennifer Dawson
Jill Dawson
Joan Aiken
Joanna Trollope
Joanne Harris
Karen Joy Fowler
Kate Mosse
Kaye Gibbons
Lesley Glaister
Lynne Reid Banks
Maggie Gee
Maggie OFarrell
Margaret Forster
Margaret Kennedy
Marian Keyes
Marilyn French
Maureen Duffy
Molly Keane
Nicola Barker
Nina Bawden
Ottessa Moshfegh
Patricia Duncker
Paule Marshall
Penelope Fitzgerald
Penelope Mortimer
Rachel Cusk
Sara Maitland
Shena Mackay
Sue Townsend
Sybille Bedford
Tracy Chevalier
Zoe Fairbairns
Zoe Heller

Fay Weldon
The Fat Womans Joke (1967)
The Cloning of Joanna May (1990)
Nell Dunn
Poor Cow (1967)


Up the Junction (1963)

Helen Fielding
Bridget Joness Diary (1996)
Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970)
Jeanette Winterson
Sexing the Cherry (1989)
Doris Lessing
To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume 1 (1978)
Margaret Drabble
The Millstone (1965)
Jerusalem the Golden (1967)
Chris Kraus
I Love Dick (1997)
Emma Donoghue
Room (2010)
Elizabeth Jane Howard
The Long View (1956)
The Cazalet Chronicles (1990-1995, 2013)
Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch (2013)
Claire Messud
The Emperors Children (2006)
Cheryl Strayed
Wild (2012)
Ursula Le Guin
Earthsea Fantasy Series (1968-2001)
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
The Dispossessed (1974)
Karen Joy Fowler
We are all Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
Shirley Jackson
The Lottery (1948)
The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)
Lorrie Moore
Self Help (1985)
Anagrams (1986)
A Gate at the Stairs (2009)
Marilyn French
The Womens Room (1977)
Maxine Hong Kingston
The Woman Warrior (1976)
Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl (2012)
Ali Smith
How to be both (2014)
There but for the (2011)
Girl meets boy (2007)
Hotel World (2001)
The First Person and Other Stories (2010)
Elizabeth Taylor
A Game of Hide and Seek (1951)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1972)
Angel (1957)


Penelope Fitzgerald
The Blue Flower (1995)
The Bookshop (1978)
Ta Obreht
The Tigers Wife (2010)
J K Rowling
The Casual Vacancy (2012)
Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests (2014)
Rose Tremain
Restoration (1989)
Music and Silence (1999)
The Colour (2003)
P. D. James
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972)
Death comes to Pemberley (2011)
The Children of Men (1992)
Anita Brookner
Hotel du Lac (1984)
Leila Aboulela
Minaret (2005)
Barbara Pym
Excellent Women (1952)
Quartet in Autumn (1977)
Bernice Rubens
The Elected Member (1969)
Louise Erdrich
Tracks (1988)
Eva Hoffman
The Secret (2002)
Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language (1989)
Jackie Kay
Trumpet (1998)
Red Dust Road (2010)
Jenny Diski
Then again (1990)
Stranger on a Train (2002)
Skating to Antarctica (1997)
Maggie Gee
My Cleaner (2005)
The Ice People (2008)
Kate Atkinson
Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995)
Life after Life (2013)
Lynne Reid Banks
The L Shaped Room (1960)
A L Barker
Innocents (1947)
Nicola Barker
Darkmans (2007)
Pat Barker
Union Street (1982)
Isabel Colegate
The Shooting Party (1981)
Penelope Mortimer
The Pumpkin Eater (1962)


Jennifer Dawson
The Ha-Ha (1961)
Maureen Duffy
The Microcosm (1966)
Margaret Forster
Gregory Girl (1965)
Diary of an Ordinary Woman (2003)
Jennifer Johnston
The Old Jest (1979)
Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger (1987)
Pack of Cards, collected short stories (1984)
Sara Maitland
Daughter of Jerusalem (1978)
Rachel Cusk
Saving Agnes (1993)
A Lifes Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001)
Jane Rogers
The Voyage Home (2004)
Separate Tracks (1983)
Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole series (1982-2009)
The Queen and I (1992)
Barbara Comyns
The Skin Chairs (1962)
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950)
Nancy Mitford
The Pursuit of Love (1945)
Allison Pearson
I Dont Know How She Does It (2002)
Zoe Heller
The Believers (2008)
Michelle Roberts
Flesh and Blood (1995)
Paule Marshall
Brown girl, Brownstones (1959)
Olivia Manning
The Balkan Trilogy (1960)
Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle (1949)
Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado (1958)
Lionel Shriver
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003)
Molly Keane
Good Behaviour (1981)