World War I, Modernity, and Southern Women’s Fiction
The tension between gender determinism and feminism increased after World War I, and works by black and white southern women writers set during the war often portray women characters as alternately challenging the patriarchal order and defending it as they attempt to negotiate the disruptions of modernity. This chapter explains how the war disrupted established gender roles in the South, analyses how African American Women writers wavered between Victorian propriety and impulses toward social transgression, traces the expansion and contraction of women’s agency in novels by Ellen Glasgow and Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and describes the new southern women trope that emerged after the war in novels by Frances Newman and Zelda Fitzgerald. Southern gender roles are a social fiction, and modernist southern women’s fiction rewrites the gender roles.
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