CFP - Post-War and Contemporary Women's Writing

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Call for Publications
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Literature, Intellectual History, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies

The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of writing and culture in postwar and contemporary women’s 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.  


The list below is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers and works frequently studied in university courses, and those that are highly topical and well-known.


In addition to publishing articles on canonical and much-taught literary works, the Encyclopedia is also interested in making available information about important writers and works that are often neglected, and in publishing articles about discrete historical events which are relevant to literary understanding. It also seeks to broaden its scope to include more research-oriented articles with a pedagogic function, such as 'Critical issues in title' or 'Critical readings of author/title'. If you are interested in contributing such an essay, please contact the relevant volume editor or the managing editor.



  • Doris Lessing’s 2007 Nobel Prize win
  • British Chick Lit
  • Contemporary Experimental Women’s Writing


  • British Feminism: Second Wave Women’s 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 O’Farrell
  • 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

Individual Works

Fay Weldon

The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967)

The Cloning of Joanna May (1990)


Nell Dunn

Poor Cow (1967)

Up the Junction (1963)


Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s 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 Emperor’s 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 Women’s 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)


Téa Obreht

The Tiger’s 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 Life’s 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 Don’t 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)

Contact Info: 

All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral students who wish to offer a contribution, a short writing sample.


We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact the volume editor, Dr Kerry Myler ( or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (