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Fenwomen: A Portrait of Women in an English Village

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Title:Fenwomen: A Portrait of Women in an English Village
Price:GBP£30.00 (about USD$37.60)
Book ID:B009-3396
Publisher:ViragoLtd./Quartet Books, London, 1975
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Near Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Near Fine
ViragoLtd./Quartet Books, 1975, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition

purple end-papers; 'In books on country life, the plough boy and the farrier have a far more popular appeal than the ploughboy's wife. Her story must be told.' Thus Mary Chamberlain introduces her fascinating social and oral history of the lives of the women of Gislea, an isolated village of the Fens - lives which spread, in memory at least, over a hundred and fifty years. Isolation is not new to these Fenwomen. Yet they feel it increasingly. They also feel, as do most women, that their stories are not important. The reader will not share this view - their lives tell us much that is both universal and unique about the experience of women - of girlhood, schooling, marriage, children, work, religion politics, recreation, old age. The accounts challenge the notion of the rural idyll, showing the limitations imposed upon the women of Gislea by their world. As well we get an extraordinary picture of a community where virtually no middle-class or professional people live, where intermarriage has been prevalent, where until forty years ago one family owned virtually all the village land, and where until twelve years ago there was still a crier to announce village news. Illustrated with old photos of village life, and contemporary photographs taken by Angela Phillips the whole presents a picture of the unchanging traditions and individuality of English life through the voices of the women of Gislea. One of the author's striking conclusions is that, despite the encroachment of the twentieth century, little has changed for these Fenwomen - their opportunities and horizons have scarcely expanded. In spite, or perhaps because of this, these graphic accounts reflect the experiences of all women and are of universal interest. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 186 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Silver titles spine. illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Includes appendices & glossary. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Farming & Rural Life; East Anglia; The Fens; Fenland; England; Women & Feminism. ISBN: 0704328003. ISBN/EAN: 9780704328006. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3396.
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