Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

ISSN: 2235-4123

A series founded by Gill Rye
This book series supports the work of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing at the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London, by publishing high-quality critical studies in the field. Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing provides a forum for innovative research exploring new trends and issues in the work of new, hitherto neglected or established authors who write primarily, but not exclusively, in the languages covered by the Centre: French, German, Italian, Portuguese and the Hispanic languages.
The series has redefined its remit in light of current scholarship. ‘Contemporary’ is still defined as ‘after 1968’, with a preference for studies of post-1990 texts in any genre. While the series initially focused on writing, it now welcomes research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and defines creativity in the broadest sense, including intersections between literature and the arts, cinema and music. Scholarship that embraces gender and sexuality more broadly, including the work of non-binary and queer authors, is also welcome. We encourage studies that connect texts with the social, cultural, linguistic and political contexts in which they are created, taking into account the transnational and postcolonial configuration of the contemporary world and its impact on lives and experiences.
Proposals are invited for monographs and edited collections. The series welcomes single-author studies, thematic analyses across languages and cross-cultural discussions that rely on a variety of approaches and theoretical frameworks, as well as studies that showcase the application of new methodologies to primary texts. Manuscripts should be written in English.
Editorial Board: Claudia Bernardi (Victoria University of Wellington), Francesca Calamita (University of Virginia), Emily Jeremiah (Royal Holloway, University of London), Shirley Jordan (Newcastle University), Catriona MacLeod (University of London Institute in Paris), Lorraine Ryan (University of Birmingham), Godela Weiss-Sussex (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Caragh Wells (University of Bristol), Claire Williams (St Peter’s College, University of Oxford)


  • Title: Frank French Feminisms

    Frank French Feminisms

    Sex, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Ernaux, Huston and Arcan
    Volume 12
    by Polly Galis (Author) 2023
    ©2023 Monographs 314 Pages
  • Title: Reimagining the Family

    Reimagining the Family

    Lesbian Mothering in Contemporary French Literature
    Volume 11
    by Robert Payne (Author) 2021
    ©2021 Monographs 214 Pages
  • Title: Mothers Voicing Mothering?

    Mothers Voicing Mothering?

    The Representation of Motherhood in the Novels and Short Stories of Marie NDiaye
    Volume 10
    by Pauline Eaton (Author) 2021
    ©2021 Monographs 260 Pages
  • Title: Women Writing War

    Women Writing War

    The Life-writing of the Algerian «moudjahidate»
    Volume 9
    by Caroline E. Kelley (Author) 2019
    ©2020 Monographs 174 Pages
  • Title: Feminism, Writing and the Media in Spain

    Feminism, Writing and the Media in Spain

    Ana María Matute, Rosa Montero and Lucía Etxebarria
    Volume 8
    by Mazal Oaknín (Author) 2019
    ©2019 Monographs 212 Pages
  • Title: Writing for Freedom

    Writing for Freedom

    Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza's Narrative
    Volume 7
    by Alberica Bazzoni (Author) 2018
    ©2018 Monographs 326 Pages
  • Title: Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity

    Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity

    Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing
    Volume 6
    by Petra M. Bagley (Volume editor) Francesca Calamita (Volume editor) Kathryn Robson (Volume editor) 2018
    Edited Collection 292 Pages
  • Title: Nina Bouraoui, Autofiction and the Search for Selfhood

    Nina Bouraoui, Autofiction and the Search for Selfhood

    Volume 5
    by Rosie MacLachlan (Author) 2017
    Monographs 174 Pages
  • Title: Strange Adventures

    Strange Adventures

    Women’s Individuation in the Works of Pierrette Fleutiaux
    Volume 4
    by Elizabeth Sercombe (Author) 2016
    ©2016 Monographs 396 Pages
  • Title: Voicing Voluntary Childlessness

    Voicing Voluntary Childlessness

    Narratives of Non-Mothering in French
    Volume 3
    by Natalie Edwards (Author) 2015
    ©2016 Monographs 214 Pages