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By Terri Mullholland

Embraced for the dramatic possibilities afforded by means of a home packed with strangers, the British boarding residence emerged as a atmosphere for novels released through the interwar interval via a various diversity of girls writers from Stella Gibbons to Virginia Woolf. to exploit the only room within the boarding apartment or bedsit, Terri Mullholland argues, is to foreground a selected adventure. whereas the one room represents the freedoms of self sustaining dwelling on hand to ladies within the early 20th century, it additionally marks the precariousness of single women’s lives. by means of putting their characters during this brief house, ladies writers may well discover women's altering social roles and intricate reports – novice prostitution, lesbian relationships, extra-marital affairs, and abortion – outside conventional family narrative matters. Mullholland offers new readings of works by way of canonical and non-canonical writers, together with Stella Gibbons, Winifred Holtby, typhoon Jameson, Rosamond Lehmann, Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf. A hybrid of the modernist and realist family fiction written and skim through girls, the literature of the one room merges modernism's curiosity in inside mental states with the realism of accurately documented external areas, supplying a brand new mode of engagement with the 2 types of interiority.

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