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Women and gender studies: Literature

This page is a brief guide to reference sources for women & gender studies held by the British Library. It is a select list only, concentrating on bibliographies, biographies, and other finding aids for the topic Women's Literature held by the British Library. There is also a list of external websites that covers the same topic.

 Much more relevant material will also be found in our online catalogues. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access.

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*Adburgham, Alison. Women in print, writing women and women's magazines from the Restoration to the accession of Victoria. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1972.
*Abraham, Taisha. (ed.) Feminist theory and modern drama. Delhi: Pencraft International, 1998.
YA. 1998. a. 11470
Adelaide, Debra. Bibliography of Australian women's literature 1795-1990, a listing of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction published in monograph form arranged alphabetically by author. Port Melbourne: Thorpe in association with National Centre for Australian Studies, 1991.
*Aercke, Kristian. Women writing in Dutch.
New York, London: Garland Publishing,1994
YC. 1994.a.2144
Alston, R.C. (compiler). A checklist of women writers, 1880-1900, fiction, verse, drama, includes index. London: British Library,1990.
*Armstrong, Isobel & Virginia Blain. (eds.) Women's poetry in the enlightenment, the making of a canon, 1730-1820. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1999
YC. 2000.a.5431
Backscheider, Paula R. (ed.) An annotated bibliography of the twentieth-century critical studies of woman and literature, 1660-1800, includes index. New York; London: Garland, 1977.
*Beach, Cecilia. (compiler). French women playwrights of the twentieth century, a checklist. This checklist provides a comprehensive list of works by French women playwrights, which were published and/or performed in France between 1900 and 1990. Westport, Conn.; London,: Greenwood, 1996.
Bell, Maureen [et al.]. A biographical dictionary of English women writers 1580-1720
London: Harvester, 1990.
*Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank, Paris 1900-1940. London: Virago, 1987, c1986
Berney, Kate. (ed.) Contemporary women dramatists, introduction by Lizbeth Goodman, associate editor N.G.Templeton. London : St James, 1994.
*Berry, Philippa. Shakespeare's feminine endings: disfiguring death in the tragedies. London: Routledge,1999
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*Black, Helen C. Notable women authors of the day, biographical sketches etc. Glasgow: D.Bryce & Son, Glasgow, 1893
*Blain, Virginia; Clements, Patricia; Grundy, Isobel. (eds.) The feminist companion to literature in English, women writers from the middle ages to the present.
London: Batsford,1990.
YH. 1990.b.519
Bollmann, Stafan. Women who write. London: Merrell, 2007
Borchers, Elisabeth. (ed.) Gedichte beruhmter frauen, von Hildegard von Bingen bis Ingeborg Bachmann. Frankfurt am Main: Insel, 1996.
*Brenner, Athalya. (ed.) A feminist companion to wisdom literature.
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press,1996
Buck, Claire. (ed.) Women's literature, A-Z. London: Bloomsbury, 1994.
*Butler, Deborah A. American women writers on Vietnam, unheard voices, a select annotated bibliography. New York, London: Garland, 1990
*Button, Marilyn Demarest, Reed, Toni. The foreign woman in British literature, exotics, aliens, and outsiders. (Contributions in women's studies, number 171)
Wesport, Conn. London: Greenwood Press, 1999
YC. 2000.a.1700
*Caine, William E. Making feminist history, the literary scholarship of Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar.
New York, London: Garland, 1994
*Case, Alison A. Plotting women, gender and narration in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century British novel. Charlottesville, London: University Press of Virginia, 1999
*Chapman, D.H. (compiler). Index to poetry by black American women, one hundred twenty books by individual women poets are indexed, as are eighty-three anthologies of black American poetry. New York, London: Greenwood, 1986.
*Christian, Barbara. Black feminist criticism, perspectives on black women writers.
New York: Pergamon Press, 1987
*Clay, Catherine. British Women Writers 1914-1945, professional work and friendship. U.K  Lancaster  University: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2006
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*Curti, Lidia. Female stories, female bodies, narrative, identity and representation.
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.

Davidson, Cathy N. & Linda Wagner-Martin (editors in chief). The Oxford companion to women's writing in the United States.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1995

*Davies, Catherine. Contemporary feminist fiction in Spain, the work of Montserrat Roig and Rosa Montero.
Oxford: Berg, 1994
*Davies, Catherine. Women writers in twentieth-century Spain and Spanish America.
Lewiston, N.Y., Lampeter: E. Mellen Press, 1993
*Davis, Cynthia, Kathryn West. Women writers in the United States: a timeline of literary, cultural and social history. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996
Dowson, J., Entwistle, A. A history of twentieth-century British women's poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005
* The early modern Englishwoman: a facsimile library of essential works. Pt.1, printed writings, 1500-1640. Vol. 10, Mary Wroth. General editors, Betty S. Travitsky and Patrick Cullen. Aldershot: Scholar, c1996 (Facsimile of ed. published London: John Marriott and John Grismond, 1621
*Evans, Ruth, Johnson Lesley. Feminist readings in middle English literature, the wife of Bath and all her sect. London: Routledge, 1994
YC. 1994.a.3516
*Female playwrights of the Restoration, five comedies. Edited by Paddy Lyons and Fidelis Morgan. London:, 1991
*The female wits, women playwrights on the London stage 1660-1720, selected by Fidelis Morgan. London: Virago, 1981
*Ferguson, Margaret. Dido's daughters, literacy, gender, and empire in early modern England and France. London: University of Chicago Press, 2003
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*Fish, Cheryl. Black and white women's travel narratives: antebellum explorations. Gainesville, Fla.; London: Eurospan, 2004
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*Gilbert, Sandra M.; Gubar, Susan. Shakespeare's sisters, feminist essays on women poets.
Bloomington, London: Indiana University Press, 1979
*Goldman, Dorothy. Women writers and the Great War. New York, Twayne; London: Prentice Hall International, 1995
*Golubov, Nattie, Liliana. British women writers and the public sphere between the wars. Winifred Holtby, Storm Jameson, Naomi Mitchison and Rebecca West. Thesis (Ph.D.) London: University of London, 2002
*Greer, Germaine, (et al). Kissing the Rod, an anthology of seventeenth century women's verse. London: Virago, 1988
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*Greer, Germaine. The madwoman's underclothes, essays and occasional writings 1968-85. London: Picador, Pan, 1986
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*Greer, Germaine. Slip-shod sibyls, recognition, rejection and the woman poet. London: Viking,1995
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*Grimstone, Mary Leman. Woman's love, the first novel written in Australia by a woman. Grimstone spent the years 1826-1829 in Van Diemen's land. London: Saunders and Otley,1832
*Gutierrez, Nancy A. Shall she famish then? female food refusal in early modern England Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003
*Hartley, Jenny. Millions like us:British women's fiction of  the Second World War. London: Virago, 1997
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*Heilmann, Ann. New woman fiction, women writing first-wave feminism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000
*Horwitz, Barbara J. British women writers, 1700-1850: an annotated bibliography of their works and works about them. Lanthan,Md.; Scarecrow Press, 1997
Hurst, Isobel. Victorian women writers and the classics: the feminine of Homer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
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Jackson, James Robert de Jager. Romantic poetry by women, a bibliography, 1770-1835. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
*Joannou, Maroula. Women writers of the 1930's: gender, politics and history. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999
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*Jones, Kathleen. A passionate sisterhood, the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake poets. London: Virago, 1998
*Jordan, Casper LeRoy. (compiler). A bibliographical guide to African -American women writers. It documents material obtained from unindexed periodicals as well as bibliographies, books and indexes. Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood, 1993.
*Jump, Harriet Devine. (ed.) Women's writing of the romantic period 1789-1836, an anthology.
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997
*Katrak, Ketu H. Politics of the female body: Postcolonial women writers of the Third World
Piscataway, N.J. ; London: Rutgers University Press , 2006
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*Keane, Angela. Women writers and the English nation in the 1790s, romantic belongings.
Cambridge: Cambridge Press, 2001.
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*Kingsbury, Diana B. I wish I were a wolf, the new voice in Chinese women's literature. Interviews, a play and short stories. Beijing: New World Press, 1994
*Knight, Brenda. Women of the beat generation, the writers, artists, and muses at the heart of the revolution. Berkeley, California: Conari Press, 1996


*Kroha, Lucienne. The woman writer in late-nineteenth-century Italy, gender and the formation of library identity.
Lewiston, Lampter: E. Mellen, 1992
*Looser, Devoney. British women writers and the writing of history, 1670-1820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
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*Macnicol, Margaret. (ed.) Poems by Indian women, selected and rendered by various translators.
Calcutta: 1923
*Mann, Jill. Feminizing Chaucer, includes bibliographical references and index. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2002
YC.2002. a.10390
*Marcus, Jane.(ed.) New feminist essays on Virginia Woolf London: Macmillan, 1981 (1985 [printing] )
*Marek, Jayne E. Women editing modernism: 'little' magazines and literary history. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995
*Marsh-Lockett, Carol P. Black women playwrights, visions on the American stage.
New York, London: Garland Pub., 1999
*Marshall, Alice Kahler. Pen names of women writers from 1600 to the present. Camp Hill, PA. A.K.Marshall, 1985, 1986
*McDowell, Paula. The women of Grub street, press, politics, and gender in the London literary marketplace, 1678-1730. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998
*Moskal, Jeanne, Shannon R.Wooden.(eds.) Teaching British women writers, 1750-1900 New York; Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005
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*Nayak, P.M. & Swain. Feminism and Indian English fiction.
Bareilly: Prakash book depot, 1996
*Nichols,Victoria; Thompson, Susan. Silk stalkings, more women write of murder. Lanham, Md., London: Scarecrow,1998.
* Osho. The book of woman. New Delhi : Penguin Books India, 2002
YD. 2006.a.9740
*Ouditt, Sharon. Fighting forces, writing women, identity and ideology in the first world war.
London: Routledge,1994
YC. 1994.a.432
*Ostovich, Helen , Sauer, Elizabeth. Reading early modern women, an anthology of texts in manuscript and print, 1550-1700. London: Routledge, 2003
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*Roberts, Nora Ruth. Three radical womem writers, class and gender in Meridel Le Sueur, Tillie Olsen and Josephine Herbst New York, London: Garland Publishing, 1996
*Pandey, Birendra. Indian women novelists in English. New Delhi: Sarup, 2001
Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth.(compiler). Caribbean women novelists, an annotated critical bibliography, includes indexes. Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood, 1993.
Partnow, Elaine. The quotable woman: from Eve to 1799 New York; Bicester: Facts on File, c1985,(1986 [printing]
Partnow, Elaine. The quotable woman: the first 5,000 years. New York: Facts on File, c2001
*Peabody, Richard. A different beat, writings by women of the beat generation. London: Serpent's Tail, 1997
*Perkins, Kathy A.  Black female playwrights, an anthology of plays before 1950. Bloomington: Indiana University: 1989
*Peterson, Linda H. Traditions of Victorian women's autobiography, the poetics and politics of life writing.
Charlottesville, Va., London: University Press of Virginia, 1999
*Philips, Deborah Women's fiction, 1945-2005: writing romance London: Continuum, 2006
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*Rees-Jones, Deryn. Consorting with angels, essays on modern women poets. Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2005
YC. 2006.a.5706
*Rees-Jones, Deryn. Modern women poets Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2005
*Roy, Anuradha. Patterns of feminist consciousness in Indian women writers, a study of Anita Desai's, Cry, the peacock, Nayantara Sahgal's, Storm in Chandigarth, Attia Hosain's Sunlight on a broken column, Rama Mehta's, Inside the Haveli, Shashi Deshpande's, That long silence.
New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999
*Sage, Lorna. The Cambridge guide to women's writing in English, advisory editors, Germaine Greer and Elaine Showalter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Schlueter, Paul; Schlueter, June. (eds.) An encyclopedia of British women writers, includes bibliography & index. London: St. James, 1990.
*Sen, Indrani. Woman and empire, representations in the writings of British India, 1858-1900 Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2002
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford guide to British women writers.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Shelton, Pamela L. Contemporary women poets. Detroit, London: St James, 1998
*Short fiction by Saudi Arabian women writers. Compiled and translated by Aman Mahmoud Attich. (Special volume of  Literature East & West) Texas: Department of Middle Eastern Languages and cultures, 1999
*Showalter, Elaine. Daughters of decadence: Women writers of the fin de siècle; contains short stories by Kate Chopin, Victoria Cross, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Olive Schreiner, Edith Wharton and others. London: Virago, 1993
*Smith, Hilda L. & Susan Cardinale. (compilers). Women and the Literature of the seventeenth century, an annotated bibliography based on Wing's short-title Catalogue, New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
YA. 1994.b.3928
*Smith, Hilda L.(et al.) Women's political writings, 1610-1725. 4 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2007
YC.2007.a.16956 vol.1
YC.2007.a.16958 vol.2
YC.2007.a.16955 vol.3
YC.2007.a.16957 vol.4
*Soule, George. Four British women novelists: Anita Brookner, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, Barbara Pym: an annotated and critical secondary bibliography. Lanham, Md; London: Scarecrow Press, 1998
*Spender, Dale. Mothers of the novel, 100 good women writers before Jane Austen.
London: Pandora,1986
Spongberg, Mary (et al.) Companion to women's historical writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
*Srivastava, Sharad. The new woman in Indian English fiction, a study of Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai, Namita Gokhale & Shobba De. New Delhi : Creative Books, 1996
*Staley, Thomas F. Twentieth-century women novelists.
London: Macmillan,1982
*Staves, Susan. A literary history of women's writing in Britain, 1660-1789. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006
Stephens, Sonya. A history of women's writing in France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
*Stevenson, Jane & Peter Davidson. Early modern women poets, (1520-1700) : an anthology Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
*Taylor, Barbara. Mary Wollstonecraft and the feminist imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
Todd, Janet. (ed.) British women writers, a critical reference guide, includes bibliographies & index. New York, Continum, 1989.
*Todd, Janet. (ed.) Dictionary of British women writers. London: Routledge, 1991.
*Tomei, Christine D. Russian women writers. (Women writers of the world v.3)
Translated from the Russian. New York, London: Garland, 1999
*Trinh T. Minh-Ha. Woman, native, other, writing postcoloniality and feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989
*Trodd, Anthea. Women's writing in English: Britain 1900-1945. London, New York: Longman, 1998
*Tylee, Claire M. The great war and women's consciousness, images of militarism and feminism in women's writings, 1914-64.
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990
*Varieties of women's sensation fiction: Vol. 3, Gothic sensationalism: Ellen Wood, St Eve's (1866) 1855-1890. edited by Lyn Pykett. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2004
*Walker, Kim. Women writers of the English Renaissance.
New York; London: Prentice Hall, 1996.
YA. 1996.a.19914
*Wilkinson, Brenda. African American women writers.
New York; Chichester: Wiley, 2000
YC. 2000.a.1862
*Winn. Colette H. Women writers in pre-revolutionary France, strategies of emancipation.
New York, London: Garland Publications, 1997
YC. 1998.a.76
*Women critics 1660-1820, an anthology. Edited by the Folga Collective on Early Women Critics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995
*Working-class and feminist literature in Britain and Ireland in the 20th century, proceedings of the 3rd conference in Berlin, 20 to 22 march 1989, organised by project group working on working-class literature in Britain and Ireland, English literature department, Humboldt University.
Berlin: Humboldt-Universitat, 1990
YC. 1994.a.13700
British women playwrights around 1800
British Women Romantic Poets 1789-1832
Canada's Early Women Writers
Biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, and authored an English-language book or pamphlet of fiction or poetry
that was published before 1940.
A celebration of women writers
The Orlando project An integrated history of women's writing in the British Isles from universities in Canada, the United States, England and Australia.
Defining Gender, 1450-1910 A subscription based collection of original source material from British and European archives.
Internet Women's History Sourcebook Headings include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, North America, Latin America, China, Japan, India, South East Asia, Australasia, Africa, The Islamic World
Nineteenth century women writers This collection of works of imaginative literature will eventually include about 4,500 authors, many never before identified or studied.
Scottish women poets of the Romantic period Online subscription database
South Australian Women Writers Part of the Australian Literature resource ,the South Australian Women Writers subset provides information about the lives and work of women writers associated with South Australia.
Welsh women's press
Victorian Women Writers Project The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) from Indiana University a is primarily concerned British women writers of the 19th century
Women's writing: The online archive of 19th-century U.S.women's writing.
Women writers An independent guide to internet resources.

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