• Carol Ann Duffy: Poet for our Times, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
  • The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women’s Poetry, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • A History of Twentieth-Century British Women’s Poetry, co-authored with Alice Entwistle, Cambridge University Press, 2005; repr. 2006, 2009.
  • Women’s Writing 1945-60: After The Deluge, ed. Palgrave, 2003.
  • Women, Modernism and British Poetry 1910-39: Resisting Femininity, Ashgate, 2002. *
  • Women’s Poetry of the 1930s: a critical anthology, ed. Routledge, 1996.
  • Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School, co-ed Jon Davison, London: Routledge, 1999, repr. 2003, 2006, 2009.
  • Selected Poems of Frances Cornford, ed. Enitharmon Press, 1996.
  • Postmodern Subjects/Postmodern Texts, co-ed with Steven Earnshaw, Rodopi Press, 1995.

Book Chapters

  • ‘My main job is to translate / pain into tales they can tolerate // in another language": Women’s Poetry and the Health Humanities’, WomenWritingAcrossCultures:Past,PresentAndFuture, ed. Pelagia Goulimari, London: Routledge, 2018, Chapter 18.

  •  ‘Lyric, Narrative and Performance in Poetry’, The Palgrave History of Women’s Writing Vol 9, 1945-1975, edited Claire Hanson and Susan Watkins Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 37-53. 
  • ‘Poetry for Page and Stage’, The Palgrave History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 10. 1970-the present, ed. Mary Eagleton and Emma Parker, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 36-50..
  • ‘Poetry and personality: the private papers and public image of Elizabeth Jennings’, Reclamation and representation: the boundaries of the literary archive, ed. Lisa Stead and Carrie Smith, Ashgate 2013, pp. 105-20.
  • ‘Poetry 1920-45’, The Palgrave History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 8. 1920-45, ed. Mary Joannou, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 161-81.
  •  ‘Towards a New Confessionalism: Elizabeth Jennings and Sylvia Plath’ in The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century British and Irish Women’s Poetry, ed Dowson. Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 62-81
  • ‘Time and Tide (1920-76) and The Bermondsey Book (1923-30): Interventions in the public sphere’, chapter 22 in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol 1: Britain and Ireland 1880-1945, ed. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 530-51.
  • The Dark Night: “the novel into some other form”’, in May Sinclair: Moving towards the Modern, ed. Andrew J. Kunka and Michele K. Troy, Ashgate, 2006, pp. 139-60.
  • Introduction, pp.1-14, and chapter ‘There is a sweetness in willing self-surrender’? Self-loss and renewal in the poetry of Elizabeth Jennings, Kathleen Raine and Stevie Smith’ in Women’s Writing 1945-60: After The Deluge, ed. Dowson, Palgrave 2003, pp. 217-32 .
  •  ‘Women Poets and the Political Voice’, in Women Writers of the 1930s: Gender, Politics and History, ed. Mary Joannou. Edinburgh University Press, 1999, pp. 46-62.
  • ‘Anthologies of Women’s Poetry: Canon-breakers, Canon-makers’, British Poetry from the 1950s to the 1990s: Politics and Art, ed. Gary Day and Brian Docherty. Macmillan Press, 1996, pp. 237-252.

Journal Special Issue: Guest Editor - NEW!

Modernist Women Poets: Generations, Geographies and Genders for a Special Issue of The Humanities Journal at MDPI Vol 8.



Journal Articles

  • ‘“My Main Job Is To Translate / Pain Into Tales They Can Tolerate // In Another Language”: women’s poetry and the health humanities’, ANGELAKIjournal of the theoretical humanities, volume 22 number 1 march 2017: 247-260.
  • ‘On contemporary women's poetry in Great Britain, an interview with Jane Dowson’, PUTEVI, XLVII, issue 4-5, ISSN 1840-2372, Banja Luka, 2008, pp. 163 – 167
  •  ‘Poetry and The Listener: the myth of the ‘Middlebrow’, ‘The Thirties Now’, Working Papers on the Web, Electronic Journal, Sheffield Hallam University, Volume 6, June 2003. ISSN 1478-3703.
  • ‘“Humming an entirely different tune”? ‘A Case Study of Anthologies: Women's Poetry of the 1930s', The Value of Literature, Working Papers on the Web vol 2 (Electronic Journal, Sheffield Hallam University, November 2000).
  • “For older sisters are very sobering things”: contemporary poets and the female affiliation complex’. Feminist Review 62. Summer 1999: 6-20. *
  • ‘Women’s Poetry: The Thirties and the Nineties’. Women: a cultural review 6.3. Winter 1995: 216-303.
  • ‘The Importance of Frances Cornford’. The Charleston Magazine 9. Spring/Summer 1994: 10-14.



Elizabeth Jennings website: *

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) published around 27 books of her poetry spanning five decades; she edited poetry anthologies and selections; she was a prolific reviewer and critic. She was awarded several literary prizes and the CBE in 1992. Her work has featured on GCSE and A level curricula, is widely anthologized and is read at weddings or funerals. For most of her life she lived in Oxford where a road, Elizabeth Jennings Way, is named after her. This website is a path through her prolific writings; it holds together vast material across the spectrum between archival papers and unregulated websites. It stimulates the interested person to find out more; and it guides the scholar to and through archival sources and critical texts



  • The Literary Encyclopaedia ( : entries on Keri Hulme, The Bone People and Louis Nkosi, Mating Birds. (2014).
  • Dictionary of Women Writers 1900-1950, ed. Faye Hammill, Ashlie Sponenberg and Esme Miskimmin, Palgrave, 2006. (15 Entries: Frances Bellerby, Lilian Bowes-Lyon, May Wedderburn Cannan, Margaret Cole, Frances Cornford, Elizabeth Daryush, Eva Gore-Booth, Helen Hamilton, Sylvia Lynd, Jessie Pope, Muriel Stuart, Iris Tree, Anna Wickham, Georgian Poets, and Poetry Anthologies.)
  • The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present, ed. Jim Persoon and Robert Watson. New York: 2008. Entries:  May Wedderburn Cannan,  Ruth Pitter, Carol Rumens, Jo Shapcott, Stevie Smith,  Anna Wickham, Carol Ann Duffy, and Performance Poetry).

Review Essays

  • The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell, ed. Pero and Phillips (Gainseville: University of Florida Press of 017). Modern Languages Review 113. 4 (October 2018)
  • Richard Greene, Edith Sitwell: avant-garde poet, English genius (London: Virago, 2011) for Reviews in History, March 2013.
  • Poems for Spain (1939), edited by Stephen Spender and John Lehmann, for Literature of Propaganda, a book and electronic product, USA The Gale Group, commissioned by Thomas Riggs & Company, July 2012.
  • Essay on Georgina Taylor, HD and the Public Sphere of the Modernist Women Writers, 1913-46 (Oxford UP) for Women's History Review, 2003.
  • ‘Now They are Wrong’. Review of The Virago Book of Women’s War Poetry and Verse, ed. Catherine Reilly, Poetry Review 88.4. Winter 98/9: 10-11.
  • Review of Tim Youngs, (ed.), Writing and Race (Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1997) for Symbiosis: a Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations.
  • Review of Rational Meaning: A New Foundation for the Definition of Words and Supplementary Essays, Laura (Riding) Jackson and Schuyler B. Jackson, Edited by William Harmon, Introduction by Charles Bernstein (University Press of Virginia, 1997) in Gravesiana II. I. Winter 1998: 70-5.
  • Review of Gordon Williams, Shakespeare, Sex and the Print Revolution (London and Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Athlone Press) Shakespeare Yearbook viii. 1997: 506-8.
  • ‘Otherworldy yet Clay-footed’. Review of Ruth Pitter: Collected Poems (revised Enitharmon 1996) Poetry Review 86.4. Winter, 1996: 89-90



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