Elizabeth Bowen and Barbara Pym provide a record of England life – social, political, and cultural – from the end of the First World War until the 1960s.
Elizabeth Bowen was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. Her novels describe political tension, love, and war. She is admired for her description of landscape, her descriptions of London during the Blitz, her use of light and time in evoking atmosphere, and her ability to depict the nuances of romance and small moments of social awkwardness.
Barbara Pym’s witty and perceptive novels address a smaller world, and are often set during the post-war austerity of the mid-twentieth century.
Students will write a paper on the work of each writer, which will include an exploration of the context and culture in which each writer lived and wrote.