The Woman's Historical Novel

British Women Writers, 1900-2000
Author: D. Wallace
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230505945
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 269
View: 9431
The historical novel has been one of the most important forms of women's reading and writing in the twentieth century, yet it has been consistently under-rated and critically neglected. In the first major study of British women writers' use of the genre, Diana Wallace tracks its development across the century. She combines a comprehensive survey with detailed readings of key writers, including Naomi Mitchison, Georgette Heyer, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Margaret Irwin, Jean Plaidy, Mary Renault, Philippa Gregory and Pat Barker.

The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction

Author: Katherine Cooper,Emma Short
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230302785
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 241
View: 1219
From The Other Boleyn Girl to Fingersmith, this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years. Examining the female figure in these contemporary fictions, it looks at the ways in which authors intervene in the historical process to present these women, real and imagined. It asks how these representations are influenced by contemporary gender politics and whether they can be seen as part of a wider feminist project to recover women's history. Featuring chapters by newer scholars alongside established figures in the field such as Diana Wallace, as well as an interview with authors Susan Sellers and Alice Thompson, it engages with debates around history, literary value and the postmodern to illustrate the importance of these female figures.

Revolution and the Historical Novel

Author: John McWilliams
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498503284
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 380
View: 1806
This book is an account of the ways the promise and threat of political revolution has informed historical novels from Walter Scott to the near present. Building off of the Marxist scholarly tradition of Georg Lukacs and Frederic Jameson, this book emphasizes the transformation of literary conventions to adapt to changing historical contexts.

Female Gothic Histories

Gender, Histories and the Gothic
Author: Diana Wallace
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 0708325750
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 251
View: 6970
Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic is an innovative new study of the ways in which women writers have used Gothic historical fiction to symbolise and counter their exclusion from traditional historical narratives.

The Woman of Knockaloe: Historical Novel

Author: Hall Caine
Publisher: e-artnow
Category: Fiction
Page: 98
View: 5961
Set on the Isle of Man during the First World War, the novel relates the life of Mona Craine, a young woman who lives with her brother and their aging father. Mona's life is disrupted first by her brother being called up to fight in France, and then by the authorities agreeing to set up an internment camp for enemy aliens there at Knockaloe. Mona consents to live there still and supply food for them odious Germans against her wish and only for the sake of her ill father. However, her hard and unforgiving attitude towards the Germans begins to lessen when she meets the polite and well-spoken Oskar Heine. As they begin to fall in love, they also need to deal with the fierce hostility of the local community.

The Historical Novel, Transnationalism, and the Postmodern Era

Presenting the Past
Author: Susan Brantly
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315386445
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 190
View: 4699
This volume explores the genre of the historical novel and the variety of ways in which writers choose to represent the past. How does an author’s nationality or gender impact their artistic choices? To what extent can historical novels appeal to a transnational audience? This study demonstrates how histories can communicate across national borders, often by invoking or deconstructing the very notion of nationhood. Furthermore, it traces how the concerns of the postmodern era, such as postmodern critiques of historiography, colonialism, identity, and the Enlightenment, have impacted the genre of the historical novel, and shows this impact has not been uniform throughout Western culture. Not all historical novels written during the postmodern era are postmodern. The historical novel as a genre occupies a problematic, yet significant space in Cold War literary currents, torn between claims of authenticity and the impossibility of accessing the past. Historical novels from England, America, Germany, and France are compared and contrasted with historical novels from Sweden, testing a variety of theoretical perspectives in the process. This pitting of a center against a periphery serves to highlight traits that historical novels from the West have in common, but also how they differ. The historical novel is not just a local, regional phenomenon, but has become, during the postmodern era, a transnational tool for exploring how we should think of nations and nationalism and what a society should, or should not, look like.

Reading Historical Fiction

The Revenant and Remembered Past
Author: Kate Mitchell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137291540
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 243
View: 6948
This collection examines the intersection of historical recollection, strategies of representation, and reading practices in historical fiction from the eighteenth century to today. In shifting focus to the agency of the reader and taking a long historical view, the collection brings a new perspective to the field of historical representation.

Current Issues in Women's History

Author: International Conference on Women's History
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415623863
Category: History
Page: 340
View: 7122
This lively collection of essays, originally published in 1989, illustrated recent developments in the area, with chapters by contributors from many different countries and disciplines. Asking new questions and using sources in a challenging way, the contributors reflect 1980s debates about politics and academic research in women’s studies. They cover a wide range of topics, dealing for example with opportunities and obstacles for women within male-defined power-structures and institutions such as science, religious communities, and ancient Roman industry. They discuss feminists and feminist movements, analyse the utterances of women and men in medieval literature and in defamation cases, and give insights into the ways femaleness and femininity are given meaning. The essays on theory deal with such important issues as women’s historiography, and androcentrism and ethnocentrism in history.

History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction

Victorian Afterimages
Author: Kate Mitchell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230283128
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 222
View: 9163
A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary.

The History of British Women's Writing, 1920-1945

Volume Eight
Author: M. Joannou
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137292172
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
View: 1529
Featuring sixteen contributions from recognized authorities in their respective fields, this superb new mapping of women's writing ranges from feminine middlebrow novels to Virginia Woolf's modernist aesthetics, from women's literary journalism to crime fiction, and from West End drama to the literature of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Historical Romance Fiction

Heterosexuality and Performativity
Author: Dr Lisa Fletcher
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409478475
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 186
View: 1653
The first book-length study of romance novels to focus on issues of sexuality rather than gender, Historical Romance Fiction moves the ongoing debate about the value and appeal of heterosexual romance onto new ground, testing the claims of cutting-edge critical theorists on everything from popular classics by Georgette Heyer, to recent 'bodice rippers,' to historical fiction by John Fowles and A.S. Byatt. Beginning with her nomination of 'I love you' as the romance novel's defining speech act, Lisa Fletcher engages closely with speech-act theory and recent studies of performativity. The range of texts serves to illustrate Fletcher's definition of historical romance as a fictional mode dependent on the force and familiarity of the speech act, 'I love you', and permits Fletcher to provide a detailed account of the genre's history and development in both its popular and 'literary' manifestations. Written from a feminist and anti-homophobic perspective, Fletcher's subtle arguments about the romantic speech act serve to demonstrate the genre's dependence on repetition ('Romance can only quote') and the shaky ground on which the romance's heterosexual premise rests. Her exploration of the subgenre of cross-dressing novels is especially revealing in this regard. With its deft mix of theoretical arguments and suggestive close readings, Fletcher's book will appeal to specialists in genre, speech act and performativity theory, and gender studies.


Author: Véronique Olmi
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 3455006027
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 7207
Sieben Jahre alt ist Bakhita, als sie aus ihrem Dorf im Sudan entführt wird. Damals heißt sie noch anders, doch die Erinnerung an ihren Namen verblasst mit jedem Jahr, in dem sie verschiedenen Herren dienen muss. Die Freundschaft mit Binah ist ihr in dieser Zeit der größte Halt, obwohl das Mädchen nicht Bakhitas Sprache spricht. Als ein italienischer Konsul Bakhita kauft, erkennt die junge Frau ihre Chance, das Schicksal zu wenden: Sie setzt alles daran, mit ihm nach Italien zu kommen. Hier hört sie erstmals von Jesus Christus und beschließt, dem „gekreuzigten Sklaven“ als einzigem Herrn zu dienen. Doch selbst als die Menschen sich an den Anblick der schwarzen Nonne gewöhnen, stehen die Spuren der Vergangenheit Bakhita ein Leben lang auf den Körper geschrieben und erinnern sie an die Familie, die sie hinter sich lassen musste. Josephine Bakhita (1869–1947) wurde von Johannes Paul II. heiliggesprochen. Véronique Olmi zeichnet das ergreifende und zugleich erhebende Porträt einer Frau, der es gelingt, allen Härten zum Trotz ihr eigenes und das Leben anderer zu retten.

The Wise Woman

A Novel
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143910199X
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
View: 3933
#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves an unforgettable tale of a young woman’s sorcery and desire in Henry VIII’s England, where magic, lust, and power are forever intertwined. Growing up as an abandoned outcast on the moors, young Alys’ only company is her cruel foster mother, Morach, the local wise woman who is whispered to practice the dark arts. Alys joins a nunnery to escape the poverty and loneliness she has felt all her life, but all too soon her sanctuary is destroyed. King Henry VIII’s followers burn the holy place to the ground, and Alys only just manages to escape with her life, haunted by the screams of her sisters as they burned to death. She finds work in a castle not far from where she grew up as an old lord’s scribe, where she falls obsessively in love with his son Hugo. But Hugo is already married to a proud woman named Catherine. Driven to desperation by her desire, she summons the most dangerous powers Morach taught her, but quickly the passionate triangle of Alys, Hugo, and Catherine begins to explode, launching them into uncharted sexual waters. The magic Alys has conjured now has a life of its own—a life that is horrifyingly and disastrously out of control. Is she a witch? Since heresy means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys is in mortal danger, treading a perilous path between her faith and her own power.

DECADES, Park Avenue Series Book #1

Women's Historical Fiction
Author: Ruth Harris
Publisher: Word International
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 6966
New! Revised Author's Edition. “The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. Absolutely perfect!” —Publisher’s Weekly Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rebellious “Make Love, Not War” 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women and the dynamic but flawed man they all loved. Evelyn, talented but insecure, faithful to the traditional values she grew up with, is a loyal and loving wife whose marriage means everything to her. Nick, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband. Joy, their daughter, coming of age at a time of anger and rebellion, needs them both but is torn between them. Barbara is the other woman. Younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone, she wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband. But can she? Is she willing to pay the price? And how will Evelyn handle her rebellious daughter, her straying husband and the threat to her marriage? Sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, DECADES is the emotional, compelling story of family and marriage, betrayal and healing. DECADES REVIEWS: “A brilliant book. Three generations of women are succinctly capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion. Rarely have attitudes been so probingly examined—tough, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick Jagger and micro-minis. Readers will be entertained and few will be able to forget what Decades has to say about men and women and the games people play.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram “A terrific novel about a singular single girl.” —Cosmopolitan “Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three decades of American life—from the bobby socks and innocence of the Forties, to the crinolines and caution of the Fifties, to the bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the Sixties.” —Book-of-the-Month Club “Powerful. A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of three generations of women.” —Women Today Book Club “I read Decades straight through at one sitting and the more I think about that, the more impressive the novel seems.” —Houston Post DECADES, Book #3 in the Park Avenue Series, was originally published in hard cover by Simon & Schuster. All 5 books in the Park Avenue Series are all available on GooglePlay. Love And Money (Book #1)—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until murder—and the handsome, brilliant man they both love—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NY Times "Fast-paced, superior fiction. A terrifically satisfying 'good read.'" —Fort Lauderdale News Sun-Sentinel Husbands And Lovers, Book #2 in the Park Avenue Series. Million copy NYT bestseller! Winner, Best Contemporary, Romantic Times! The story of a shy wallflower who turns herself into a lovely and desirable woman and the two handsome, successful men who compete for her love. "Steamy and fast-paced." --Cosmopolitan Modern Women (Book # 4)--Million-copy NYT bestseller! Three likable, dynamic women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. "Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades." --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer "Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love Modern Women." --West Coast Review of Books "Sharp and stylishly written." --Chicago Sun-Times The Last Romantics (Book # 5)--A sweeping love story set in Paris and New York during the champagne-fizzed Jazz Age of the 1920's. He is dashing, handsome and celebrated but dangerously flawed. She is a gifted fashion designer who has the world at her feet. She is beautiful, charming, lonely, haunted."I love it, I love it! Fantastic, immensely readable." --Cosmopolitan "Gloriously romantic" --Kirkus Keywords: womens fiction, womens literary fiction, literature & fiction, Historical Women's Fiction NYC, Historical fiction, Historical fiction 20th Century, upmarket women’s fiction, romance, marriage, divorce, wife, divorced woman, single woman, single mom, millionaire, publishing, cheating husband, New York, NYC, divorced parents, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s, WW II, sexual revolution, New York City, Nantucket island

The Female Gothic

New Directions
Author: D. Wallace,A. Smith
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230245455
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 219
View: 6461
This rich and varied collection of essays makes a timely contribution to critical debates about the Female Gothic, a popular but contested area of literary studies. The contributors revisit key Gothic themes - gender, race, the body, monstrosity, metaphor, motherhood and nationality - to open up new critical directions.

The Women of the Cousins' War

The Real White Queen And Her Rivals
Author: Philippa Gregory,David Baldwin,Michael Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857201794
Category: History
Page: 352
View: 6574
Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen(2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen(2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman(2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the three biographical essays in this book. Philippa Gregory and two historians, leading experts in their field who helped Philippa to research the novels, tell the extraordinary 'true' stories of the life of these women who until now have been largely forgotten by history, their background and times, highlighting questions which are raised in the fiction and illuminating the novels. With a foreword by Philippa Gregory - in which Philippa writes revealingly about the differences between history and fiction and examines the gaps in the historical record - and beautifully illustrated with rare portraits, The Women of the Cousins' Waris an exciting new addition to the Philippa Gregory oeuvre.

Writing Back Through Our Mothers

Author: Tegan Zimmerman
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643905602
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
View: 4783
For the first time in the literary tradition, the contemporary woman's historical novel (post-1970) is surveyed from a transnational feminist perspective. Analyzing the maternal (the genre's central theme) reveals that historical fiction is a transnational feminist means for challenging historical erasures, silences, normative sexuality, political exclusion, and divisions of labor. (Series: Contributions to Transnational Feminism - Vol. 5)

Women’s Writing, Englishness and National and Cultural Identity

The Mobile Woman and the Migrant Voice, 1938-62
Author: M. Joannou
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137265299
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 228
View: 5564
An original mapping of women's writing in the 1940s and 1950s, this book looks at Englishness and national identity in women's writing and includes writing from Scotland, Wales, Ireland the Indian subcontinent and Africa. The authors discussed include Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier, Doris Lessing and Muriel Spark.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction

Author: Christine Berberich
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474232582
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
View: 3306
Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction. Charting the rise of commercial fiction from the 19th century to today, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction includes introductory surveys, written by leading scholars, to a wide range of popular genres, including: Science Fiction Crime Writing Romance and Chick Lit Adventure Stories and Lad Lit Horror Graphic Novels Children's Literature Part II of the book also includes case-study readings of key writers and texts, from the work of HG Wells, Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler to more recent books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book also includes a chapter covering "The Writer's Perspective" on popular publishing, while annotated guides to further reading and online resources throughout give students the tools they need to pursue independent study on their courses.

The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present

Volume Ten
Author: Mary Eagleton,Emma Parker
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137294817
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
View: 5265
This book maps the most active and vibrant period in the history of British women's writing. Examining changes and continuities in fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism, as well as women's engagement with a range of literary and popular genres, the essays in this volume highlight the range and diversity of women's writing since 1970.