Determined Women

Studies in the Construction of the Female Subject, 1900–90

  • Jennifer Birkett
  • Elizabeth Harvey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jennifer Birkett, Elizabeth Harvey
    Pages 1-37
  3. Robin Adamson
    Pages 173-194
  4. Helga Geyer-Ryan
    Pages 195-207
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 208-213

About this book


The essays in this collection look at some of the images and categories which have shaped Western women's sense of themselves in the twentieth century. The approach of the collection is interdisciplinary, bringing together the perspectives of literary criticism, social history and linguistics. Its focus is international, with contributions on Britain, France, Germany, the United States and Canada. The collection shows both the similarity and the diversity of women's experience in a world determined by patriarchal assumptions, where women's only hope of change lies in developing a determination of their own.


authenticity criticism Germany girls intervention linguistics media social history state women work

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Birkett
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Harvey
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK
  2. 2.University of SalfordUK

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