chapter  3
36 Pages

Dissident Voices and Feminist Experiment

ByAlice Wood

This chapter reads a sample of dissident women’s magazine writing, including essays and short stories, by a selection of interwar women writers: Elizabeth Bowen, Radclyffe Hall, Storm Jameson, Rose Macaulay, Vita Sackville-West, and Virginia Woolf. First, it considers subversive articles by Jameson and Macaulay in British Good Housekeeping that work within and against the conventions of the magazine’s routine article forms while conveying feminist commentary on women’s roles as wives, homemakers, workers, and consumers. Second, it turns to short fiction by Bowen, Hall, Sackville-West, and Woolf in Eve and British Harper’s Bazaar that disrupts the familiar romance narratives commonly associated with women’s magazine fiction. Reading commercial writing by writers diversely characterized as modern, middlebrow, and modernist in the context of these magazines’ routine content, the chapter shows how modernism existed alongside and within wider movements of feminist resistance and narrative play in these magazines.