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By Terri Mullholland

Embraced for the dramatic possibilities afforded through a home jam-packed with strangers, the British boarding condo emerged as a surroundings for novels released through the interwar interval via a various diversity of girls writers from Stella Gibbons to Virginia Woolf. to take advantage of the one room within the boarding apartment or bedsit, Terri Mullholland argues, is to foreground a specific adventure. whereas the only room represents the freedoms of autonomous residing to be had to girls within the early 20th century, it additionally marks the precariousness of single women’s lives. by means of putting their characters during this temporary house, girls writers may discover women's altering social roles and intricate reports – novice prostitution, lesbian relationships, extra-marital affairs, and abortion – outside conventional household narrative matters. Mullholland provides new readings of works through 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 household fiction written and browse by way of ladies, the literature of the only room merges modernism's curiosity in inside mental states with the realism of accurately documented external areas, providing a brand new mode of engagement with the 2 kinds of interiority.

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