Feminist activists, thinkers, theoreticians, writers, and critics of second- and third-wave feminism have probed representations of femininity, questioned social limits, and imagined the fullness of women’s potentiality. In addition, the feminist work done since the 1970s reveals that the Women’s Movement continues to be a transnational phenomenon whose influence, ideas, and narratives are not bounded by geographical location; that the battle of genders is one not only of politics and economics but also of words and culture; that the institutional contexts — educational and publishing — helped foment an audience for women’s writing and writing about women. The task of this chapter is to account for some of that material history and to examine aspects of the developing literary infrastructure in Britain. Its focus is particularly on publishing and associated activities, literary prizes, and on the tension between politics and commerce that governs recent history.


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