School of History

HST7329 - Modern Girls? Gender, Culture and Society in Britain c.1918-1979

The cultural history of British women post war.

Module code: HST7329

Credits: 30

The slender flapper, cigarette holder in hand, off to a night at the flicks epitomises the surface glamour of modernity. But how real were her gains?

This module explores the words and experiences of British women: the constraints on women in war and peace, politics, education and paid work, marriage and motherhood. You will also look at women’s dreams and disappointments in romance, sexual relationships and desire, domesticity and home-making, consumerism and fashion.

Perhaps the Hoover and the hostess trolley were not the answer to a woman’s prayers?