We use cookies on this site. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies. Close this message Find out more

Home > History home > Prospective students > Undergraduate > Modern Girls: Women in Britain, c. 1914-1984
More in this section SecondandThird Year Courses

Modern Girls: Women in Britain, c. 1914-1984


Value: one unit


Dr Stella Moss 


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars


Best 2 Essays out of 3 (30%) and 3-hour Exam (70%) 

The slender flapper, cigarette holder in hand, off to cocktails or a night at the flicks epitomizes the surface glamour of modernity. With an office job, a swimsuit, sex appeal (known as 'SA' or 'It') and a voguish knowledge of Freud, she was ready for anything. But how real were her gains? This course explores the words and experiences of British women in a century of rapid social, economic and cultural transformation. We will determine the constraints on women in war and peace, politics, law and citizenship, education and paid work, marriage, motherhood and family. But we will also explore women's dreams and disappointments in courtship and romance, sexual relationships and desire, domesticity and home-making, consumerism and fashion. The elaboration of femininity and gender roles in the glossy media of advertising, women's magazines, paperback books, broadcasting and film is a continuous theme of the course. Together we will look at expectations and outcomes, promise and its containment. Perhaps the Hoover and the hostess trolley were not the answer to a woman’s prayers? 




Comment on this page

Did you find the information you were looking for? Is there a broken link or content that needs updating? Let us know so we can improve the page.

Note: If you need further information or have a question that cannot be satisfied by this page, please call our switchboard on +44 (0)1784 434455.

This window will close when you submit your comment.

Add Your Feedback