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Women Writers: Voices in Transition: Track 1

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In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand new techniques and styles? For centuries there have been women writers who have changed the face of literature, but we tend to talk of their lives and work in very certain terms. This series of video-slideshows reveals how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. In these 4 films we re-examine the lives, work and influence of: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson.

This material forms part of the Open University course A300 20th century literature: texts and debates.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Friday 24th July 2015
  • Posted under Literature
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Track 1: Katherine Mansfield

Delia da Sousa re-examines the life and works of short story writer Katherine Mansfield, author of short stories including ‘The Garden Party’ and ‘The Voyage’. Taken from a four part series examining the lives, work and influence of women writers: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. ‘Women Writers: Voices in Transition’ looks at how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Katherine Mansfield    Delia da Sousa re-examines the life and works of short story writer Katherine Mansfield, author of short stories including ‘The Garden Party’ and ‘The Voyage’. Taken from a four part series examining the lives, work and influence of women writers: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. ‘Women Writers: Voices in Transition’ looks at how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. Play now Katherine Mansfield
2 Virginia Woolf    Sue Asbee re-examines the life and works of Modernist writer Virginia Woolf, author of ‘Mrs Dalloway’, To The Lighthouse’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Taken from a four part series examining the lives, work and influence of women writers: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. ‘Women Writers: Voices in Transition’ looks at how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. Play now Virginia Woolf
3 Jean Rhys    Steve Padley re-examines the life and works of post-colonial novelist and short story writer Jean Rhys, author of ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and ‘Good Morning Midnight’. Taken from a four part series examining the lives, work and influence of women writers: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. ‘Women Writers: Voices in Transition’ looks at how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. Play now Jean Rhys
4 Jeanette Winterson    Fiona Doloughan re-examines the life and works of contemporary writer Jeanette Winterson, author of ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’ and ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ Taken from a four part series examining the lives, work and influence of women writers: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson, ‘Women Writers: Voices in Transition’ looks at how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. Play now Jeanette Winterson

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