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Baehr, Peter. “Defending HUAC: Rebecca West and American Liberalism,” Times Literary Supplement, May 22, No. 6112, 2020: 14-15,

Baehr, Peter. ‘Whittaker Chambers through the Eyes of Rebecca West’, National Review, April 29, LXXII (7) 2020: 42-45,

Baehr, Peter. “Liberals on Trial: Rebecca West and Alistair Cooke,” The New Criterion, November, 2020, 29 (3): 22-27,

Baehr, Peter. ‘The Intelligent Liberalism of Rebecca West’, New English Review, Feb. 2021:

Baehr, Peter. ‘Rebecca West on communism’s allure for the intellectuals: An Appraisal’, Thesis Eleven, Nov. 2021: 1-18.

Williams, Annabel. ‘Fantasias on national themes: Fantasy, Space and Imperialism in Rebecca West’, Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66.4: 405-430.

Williams, Annabel. ‘Modernity’s Rolling Stock: Henry James, Rebecca West, and Transatlantic Travel’, Symbiosis (2021) 25.1: 117-135.


Kielty, Daniel. ‘“For at her touch our lives had at last fallen into a pattern”: tactility in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier‘, Feminist Modernist Studies, 2021, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp. 53-70, DOI: 10.1080/24692921.2020.1848333

November 2020: Carrie Rohman on Rebecca West Modernism and #MeToo

Don’t miss Carrie Rohman’s recent contribution to the Modernism and #MeToo cluster on the Modernism/Modernity website. In her piece, “Severed Tongues: Silencing Intellectual Women”, Rohman reads West’s ‘Indissoluble Matrimony’ through a #MeToo and Black Lives Matter lens.

Her piece can be found here:

July 2020: Winner of the Rebecca West Prize for Writing 2020 Announced

Many congratulations go to Zehra Munir, who has been awarded the Rebecca West Prize for Writing 2020. Munir, a History Undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford, bagged the £1,000 prize with her essay ‘Beyond liberation: using Rebecca West to complicate images of Muslim

You can read the full essay here:

February 2020: Rebecca West to be honoured with Commemorative Plaque by Historic Environment Scotland

Rebecca West is among six women to be recognised by Historic Environment Scotland in the latest round of their Commemorative Plaques scheme.

The plaque will be erected at Hope Park Square in Edinburgh, which was West’s childhood home and the model for Hume Park Square in The Judge (1922).

The unveiling ceremony is planned for August and Helen Macleod Atkinson, West’s literary executor, aims to be in attendance.

You can read more here:


Recent years have seen a steady stream of new academic work published on Dame Rebecca’s extraordinary body of work. As the list of new journal articles and book chapters below demonstrates, the sheer range of West’s oeuvre and interests lends itself to an ever-increasing number of academic approaches.

Journal Articles

Scanlon, Mara. ‘Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading (in) Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier‘, Journal of Modern Literature, 2017, Vol.40(3), pp.66-83

Kielty, Daniel. ‘“Hands That War: In the Midlands”: Rebecca West’s Rediscovered Article on First World War Munitions Workers’, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2017, Vol.36(1), pp.211-217

Glover, David. ‘Rebecca West and the “Radio Traitor”: The 1351 Treason Act in 1945, The Space Between, 2017, Vol.13, p.1

Hutchison, H. ‘A bit of string: Rebecca west on Henry James’, Henry James Review, Fall 2018, Vol.39(3), pp.247-255

Brian, R. ‘ The Return of the “Spiritual Soldier”: Rebecca West’s Henry James, Henry James Review, 2018 Fal, Vol.39(3), pp.256-266

Corne, Jonah. ‘Regicide on Repeat: The Pensive Spectator of Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon‘, Criticism, 1 January 2018, Vol.60(1), pp.47-73

Spitzer, Jennifer. ‘“I find my mind meeting yours”: Rebecca West’s Telepathic Modernism’, Studies in the Novel, 2018, Vol.50(4), pp.543-562

Rosenblum, Lauren M. ‘Rebecca West and newspaper writing as modernist genre’, Feminist Modernist Studies, Jun 2019, Vol. 2(2): pp. 180-193

Mourant, Chris. ‘Rebecca West, the Forgotten Vorticist?’, Modernist Cultures, Nov 2019, Vol. 14(4) : pp. 469-497

Book Chapters

Green, Barbara. ‘ Feminist Spaces and Women’s Pages: Rebecca West and Socialist Periodicals’, in Feminist Periodicals and Daily Life
Women and Modernity in British Culture
(Palgrave, 2017)

Laing, Kathryn. ‘Am I a Vorticist?: Re-reading Rebecca West’s “Indissoluble Matrimony” and BLAST‘, in BLAST at 100: A Modernist Magazine Reconsidered (BRILL, 2017)

Laing, Kathryn. ‘‘An Outpour of Ink’: From the ‘Young Rebecca’ to ‘the most important signature of these years’, Rebecca West 1911–1920’, in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s:
The Modernist Period
(Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

Stetz, Margaret. ‘Time and Tide Waited for Her: Rebecca West’s Journalism in the 1920s’, in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: The Modernist Period (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

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