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

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Literature

*Adburgham, Alison. Women in print, writing women and women's magazines from the Restoration to the accession of Victoria. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1972.
X981/3150
 
*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.
HLR820.99287
 
*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.
HLR820.99287
 
*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.
HLR809.89287
 
*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.
YC.1996.b.5201
 
Bell, Maureen [et al.]. A biographical dictionary of English women writers 1580-1720
London: Harvester, 1990.
HLR820.99287
 
*Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank, Paris 1900-1940. London: Virago, 1987, c1986
YH.1987.a.842
 
Berney, Kate. (ed.) Contemporary women dramatists, introduction by Lizbeth Goodman, associate editor N.G.Templeton. London : St James, 1994.
HLR822.914
 
*Berry, Philippa. Shakespeare's feminine endings: disfiguring death in the tragedies. London: Routledge,1999
YC.1999.a.5262
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*Black, Helen C. Notable women authors of the day, biographical sketches etc. Glasgow: D.Bryce & Son, Glasgow, 1893
10856.f.7
 
*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
YC.2008.b.377
 
Borchers, Elisabeth. (ed.) Gedichte beruhmter frauen, von Hildegard von Bingen bis Ingeborg Bachmann. Frankfurt am Main: Insel, 1996.
HLR831.008
 
*Brenner, Athalya. (ed.) A feminist companion to wisdom literature.
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press,1996
YC.1996.a.1478
 
Buck, Claire. (ed.) Women's literature, A-Z. London: Bloomsbury, 1994.
HLR809.89287
 
*Butler, Deborah A. American women writers on Vietnam, unheard voices, a select annotated bibliography. New York, London: Garland, 1990
YC.1991.a.5612
 
*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
YC.1994.a.1001
 
*Case, Alison A. Plotting women, gender and narration in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century British novel. Charlottesville, London: University Press of Virginia, 1999
YC.2000.a.1077
 
*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.
2725.d.103
 
*Christian, Barbara. Black feminist criticism, perspectives on black women writers.
New York: Pergamon Press, 1987
YC.1989.a.8120
 
*Clay, Catherine. British Women Writers 1914-1945, professional work and friendship. U.K  Lancaster  University: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2006
 m08/29202 DSC
 
*Curti, Lidia. Female stories, female bodies, narrative, identity and representation.
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.
C.1998.a.1263.
 

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

HLR810.99287
 
*Davies, Catherine. Contemporary feminist fiction in Spain, the work of Montserrat Roig and Rosa Montero.
Oxford: Berg, 1994
YC.1995.a.4940
 
*Davies, Catherine. Women writers in twentieth-century Spain and Spanish America.
Lewiston, N.Y., Lampeter: E. Mellen Press, 1993
YC.1993.b.7985
 
*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
YC.1996.b.8914
 
Dowson, J., Entwistle, A. A history of twentieth-century British women's poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005
HLR821.91
 
* 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
YC.1996.b.6869
 
*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
YC.1992.a.170
 
*The female wits, women playwrights on the London stage 1660-1720, selected by Fidelis Morgan. London: Virago, 1981
X.950/4687
 
*Ferguson, Margaret. Dido's daughters, literacy, gender, and empire in early modern England and France. London: University of Chicago Press, 2003
 m03/37233 DSC
 
*Fish, Cheryl. Black and white women's travel narratives: antebellum explorations. Gainesville, Fla.; London: Eurospan, 2004
 m05/10977 DSC
 
*Gilbert, Sandra M.; Gubar, Susan. Shakespeare's sisters, feminist essays on women poets.
Bloomington, London: Indiana University Press, 1979
X.918/21927
*Goldman, Dorothy. Women writers and the Great War. New York, Twayne; London: Prentice Hall International, 1995
YC.1996.b.230
 
*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
DX223761
 
*Greer, Germaine, (et al). Kissing the Rod, an anthology of seventeenth century women's verse. London: Virago, 1988
YH.1988.b.663
88/21658 DSC
 
*Greer, Germaine. The madwoman's underclothes, essays and occasional writings 1968-85. London: Picador, Pan, 1986
 86/24655 DSC
 
*Greer, Germaine. Slip-shod sibyls, recognition, rejection and the woman poet. London: Viking,1995
YC.1995.b.6810
95/35503 DSC
 
*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
N.964
*Gutierrez, Nancy A. Shall she famish then? female food refusal in early modern England Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003
YC.2005.a.3192
 
*Hartley, Jenny. Millions like us:British women's fiction of  the Second World War. London: Virago, 1997
YC.2001.a.12109
98/18890 DSC
 
*Heilmann, Ann. New woman fiction, women writing first-wave feminism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000
YC.2001.a.13607
 
*Horwitz, Barbara J. British women writers, 1700-1850: an annotated bibliography of their works and works about them. Lanthan,Md.; Scarecrow Press, 1997
2725.e.3764
 
Hurst, Isobel. Victorian women writers and the classics: the feminine of Homer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
YC.2006.a.21499
m06/38743 DSC
 
Jackson, James Robert de Jager. Romantic poetry by women, a bibliography, 1770-1835. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
HLR821.6
 
*Joannou, Maroula. Women writers of the 1930's: gender, politics and history. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999
YC.2000.a.4540
99/21957 DSC
 
*Jones, Kathleen. A passionate sisterhood, the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake poets. London: Virago, 1998
YC.1998.a.1997
 
*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.
2725.g.1956
 
*Jump, Harriet Devine. (ed.) Women's writing of the romantic period 1789-1836, an anthology.
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997
YC.1997.b.6472
 
*Katrak, Ketu H. Politics of the female body: Postcolonial women writers of the Third World
Piscataway, N.J. ; London: Rutgers University Press , 2006
 m06/21025 DSC
 
*Keane, Angela. Women writers and the English nation in the 1790s, romantic belongings.
Cambridge: Cambridge Press, 2001.
YC.2001.a.14592
3015.99588.44 DSC
 
*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
YA.1999.a.12922
 
*Knight, Brenda. Women of the beat generation, the writers, artists, and muses at the heart of the revolution. Berkeley, California: Conari Press, 1996

YA.1997.a.4031

 
*Kroha, Lucienne. The woman writer in late-nineteenth-century Italy, gender and the formation of library identity.
Lewiston, Lampter: E. Mellen, 1992
YC.1993.b.7323
 
*Looser, Devoney. British women writers and the writing of history, 1670-1820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
 m00/44616 DSC
 
*Macnicol, Margaret. (ed.) Poems by Indian women, selected and rendered by various translators.
Calcutta: 1923
OIH808.81
ORW.1986.a.3695
 
*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] )
YC.1986.a.2011
 
*Marek, Jayne E. Women editing modernism: 'little' magazines and literary history. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995
YA.1997.a.13656
 
*Marsh-Lockett, Carol P. Black women playwrights, visions on the American stage.
New York, London: Garland Pub., 1999
YC.1999.a.1363
 
*Marshall, Alice Kahler. Pen names of women writers from 1600 to the present. Camp Hill, PA. A.K.Marshall, 1985, 1986
YA.2002.a.35570
 
*McDowell, Paula. The women of Grub street, press, politics, and gender in the London literary marketplace, 1678-1730. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998
YC.1999.a.695
 
*Moskal, Jeanne, Shannon R.Wooden.(eds.) Teaching British women writers, 1750-1900 New York; Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005
m05/34959 DSC
 
*Nayak, P.M. & Swain. Feminism and Indian English fiction.
Bareilly: Prakash book depot, 1996
YA.1998.a.7876
 
*Nichols,Victoria; Thompson, Susan. Silk stalkings, more women write of murder. Lanham, Md., London: Scarecrow,1998.
YC.1998.a.2855
 
* 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
 m04/14557 DSC
 
*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
YC.1996.A.2780
 
*Pandey, Birendra. Indian women novelists in English. New Delhi: Sarup, 2001
YA.2002.a.4767
 
Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth.(compiler). Caribbean women novelists, an annotated critical bibliography, includes indexes. Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood, 1993.
HLR809.89287
 
Partnow, Elaine. The quotable woman: from Eve to 1799 New York; Bicester: Facts on File, c1985,(1986 [printing]
HLR080
YC.1987.b.4106
YK.1987.b.6593
 
Partnow, Elaine. The quotable woman: the first 5,000 years. New York: Facts on File, c2001
HLR080
 
*Peabody, Richard. A different beat, writings by women of the beat generation. London: Serpent's Tail, 1997
YK.1998.a.3783
 
*Perkins, Kathy A.  Black female playwrights, an anthology of plays before 1950. Bloomington: Indiana University: 1989
YC.1993.b.613
 
*Peterson, Linda H. Traditions of Victorian women's autobiography, the poetics and politics of life writing.
Charlottesville, Va., London: University Press of Virginia, 1999
YC.2000.a.1202
 
*Philips, Deborah Women's fiction, 1945-2005: writing romance London: Continuum, 2006
m06/37712 DSC
 
*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
YC.2008.a.4069
 
*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
YA.a.12643
 
*Sage, Lorna. The Cambridge guide to women's writing in English, advisory editors, Germaine Greer and Elaine Showalter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
HLR820.99287
YC.1999.b.7541
 
Schlueter, Paul; Schlueter, June. (eds.) An encyclopedia of British women writers, includes bibliography & index. London: St. James, 1990.
HLR820.99287
 
*Sen, Indrani. Woman and empire, representations in the writings of British India, 1858-1900 Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2002
YA.2002.a.37913
 
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford guide to British women writers.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
HLR820.99287
 
Shelton, Pamela L. Contemporary women poets. Detroit, London: St James, 1998
HLR821.914
 
*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
AC.2683/15
 
*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
H.93/2602
 
*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
2725.e.3796
 
*Spender, Dale. Mothers of the novel, 100 good women writers before Jane Austen.
London: Pandora,1986
YC.1986.a.6777
 
Spongberg, Mary (et al.) Companion to women's historical writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
HLR828.08
 
*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
YA.1999.a.12464
 
*Staley, Thomas F. Twentieth-century women novelists.
London: Macmillan,1982
X.950/19864
 
*Staves, Susan. A literary history of women's writing in Britain, 1660-1789. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006
YC.2006.a.21229
 
Stephens, Sonya. A history of women's writing in France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
HLR840.9
 
*Stevenson, Jane & Peter Davidson. Early modern women poets, (1520-1700) : an anthology Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
YC.2001.a.6342
 
*Taylor, Barbara. Mary Wollstonecraft and the feminist imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
YC.2003.a.10760
 
Todd, Janet. (ed.) British women writers, a critical reference guide, includes bibliographies & index. New York, Continum, 1989.
HLR820.99287
 
*Todd, Janet. (ed.) Dictionary of British women writers. London: Routledge, 1991.
YC.1991.a.5172
 
*Tomei, Christine D. Russian women writers. (Women writers of the world v.3)
Translated from the Russian. New York, London: Garland, 1999
YC.1999.b.1333
 
*Trinh T. Minh-Ha. Woman, native, other, writing postcoloniality and feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989
YC.1993.b.637
 
*Trodd, Anthea. Women's writing in English: Britain 1900-1945. London, New York: Longman, 1998
YC.1998.a.3253
 
*Tylee, Claire M. The great war and women's consciousness, images of militarism and feminism in women's writings, 1914-64.
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990
YC.1990.a.1818
 
*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
YC.2004.a.8854
 
*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
YC.1997.b.5536
 
*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
 

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