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"Why This Rather Than That?": The Delightful Perversity of Brigid Brophy

Sweeney, Carole. 2018. "Why This Rather Than That?": The Delightful Perversity of Brigid Brophy. Journal of Contemporary Womens Writing, 12(2), pp. 233-247. ISSN 1754-1476 [Article]

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Difficult to categorise either by literary movement or style, Brigid Brophy’s oeuvre is notable for its determined eclecticism. An accomplished journalist and literary critic, Brophy was also a prolific, and somewhat eccentric, novelist. Among her eleven works of fiction she wrote The King of a Rainy Country, In Transit and Flesh, each of which spoke to the changing ideas of sexuality in post-war Britain and anticipated later debates in feminism on essentialism and the social construction of gender. This article offers a brief introduction to these three novels, situating them in their literary-historical contexts and suggesting that a revival of critical interest in Brophy’s work is important in broadening our understanding of contemporary women’s literature in the post-war period 1945-70.

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Brigid Brophy, Post-war British fiction, Sexuality, Feminism.

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English and Comparative Literature


2 December 2016Accepted
14 September 2018Published

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22 Feb 2017 14:52

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01 Dec 2018 02:26


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