CFA: Women's Writing from 1900-1920

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Falmouth University

Special issue of Women’s Writing (Taylor & Francis)

 ‘Women’s Writing from 1900–1920’

Guest Edited by Meredith Miller and Joanne Ella Parsons


The period from 1900 to 1920 falls partially into several of the canonical categories used to periodize early twentieth-century literature, yet is often wholly defined by them. Is this the tail end of the fin de siècle? Should these decades be viewed as a gestational waiting space in which the high modernism of the 1920s would soon develop? Should we view them through the largely masculinist lens of a war which did not begin until 1914? Each of these frames embodies an instance of what Raymond Williams termed ‘the selective critical tradition’, rendering huge areas of literary production invisible even as it frames the canon of primary texts which receive the greater majority of our critical attention.

This special issue looks to reframe these first two decades of the twentieth century. In this moment the address of women writers to their readers broadened its focus in a lively publishing landscape. This was a period in which social movements, including the suffrage movement, inspired a wealth of fiction and non-fiction publishing. There was also a tremendous growth in popular weekly magazines in these decades, including new story magazines, many aimed at working women, their desires, and their practical needs. Women novelists wrote for a whole group of new publishers taking advantage of new methods of book production and distribution and new cultures of review. In the present moment examinations of each of these phenomena are often divided by disciplinary boundaries and/or underexamined altogether.

We seek to reframe these decades by collecting a group of essays which does not conform to dominant critical periods of study or divisions of cultural register, but which allows critics and researchers to see a clearer picture of the whole landscape of women’s writing during this pivotal moment in the history of women’s work and social participation.

We welcome essays on

  • Periodical Culture
  • Poetry
  • All types of fiction and non-fiction


We are very much open to hearing from researchers working in any genre and theme which they feel could add to and broaden our critical understanding of literature these decades.


We also welcome suggestions for reviews and reviewers for this special issue of the journal.


Please submit 500 word abstracts and a brief biography for consideration to Meredith Miller (Cardiff University) and Joanne Ella Parsons (Falmouth University) by 1st April 2022. Completed articles are expected to be between 5000­–7000 words and will be due 1st September 2022.


Contributors should follow the journal’s house style details of which are to be found on the Women’s Writing web site This is the new MLA. Do note that instead of footnotes, we use endnotes with NO bibliography. All bibliographical information is included in the endnotes i.e. place of publication, publisher and date of publication in brackets on first citation of a book.