How War Changed Women: Perspectives on British Life, Fiction, and Fashion during World War I

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 23 – November 11

5:45 - 7:45 pm

One more space added!
Led by Debra Mancoff

This seminar considers the lives of British women from the years leading up to the Great War through its aftermath (1910–1925). As women coped with wartime, they forged and expressed new identities through memoirs, novels, imagery, and dress. Seminar discussions will include Brittain’s Testament of Youth, West’s Return of the Soldier and Barker’s Life Class, with a special focus on fashion and self-presentation.

Debra N. Mancoff, author of Danger! Women Artists at Work and Fashion Muse, writes on the connections of art, fashion, and culture.

Materials List

Required Texts:

  • Note: any edition or version of these texts is acceptable.
  • Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth
  • Rebecca West, Return of the Soldier
  • Helen Zenna Smith, Not So Quiet…(The Feminist Press edition is recommended, but any edition is fine.) Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of this text. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.
  • Pat Barker, Life Class
  • A short handout to be distributed at the first class session.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $210.
Register Online.