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Chamberlain, Mary, 1947–

Fenwomen : a portrait of women in an English village / Mary Chamberlain ; photographs by Justin Partyka.

New edition.
Woodbridge [Suffolk, Eng.] : Full Circle Editions, 2011.
Physical Description:
173 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
HQ1600.G5 C43 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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"Originally published in 1975, Fenwomen was the first non-fiction book published by Virago [in fact, the first book of fiction or non-fiction published by Virago]. A vivid social and oral history of an isolated village in the Cambridgeshire Fens, it provides a unique portrait, spanning nearly 100 years, via the previously unheard voices of the women who lived there, of a community where there were virtually no professional or middle-class people, where intermarriage was common and a single family owned all the village land. Fenwomen was in a tradition stretching through Ronald Blythe (Akenfield) and 20 years further back to the true pioneer of English oral history, George Eward Evans, with his publication Ask the fellow who cut the hay (1956). In an extended new introduction to this Full Circle edition, Mary Chamberlain recalls her original intent to write a 'feminist Akenfield', a 'history from the bottom up ... not of great country houses and the chatelaines who ran them but of women as labourers and labourers' wives'. She describes, too, how she revisited the village and talked to some of the original women about how their lives had changed over 35 years." -- Full Circle Editions website.
Limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by author and artist.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 5 of a limited edition of 100 copies signed by the author and artist. With publisher's slipcase.
Subject Terms:
Gislea (England) -- Rural conditions.
Villages -- England -- Cambridgeshire.
Women -- England -- Gislea (Cambridgeshire) -- Social conditions.
Oral histories.
Partyka, Justin.

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