The Woman's Historical Novel

British Women Writers, 1900-2000

Authors: Wallace, D.

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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.

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DIANA WALLACE is Reader in English and Head of Division of English at the University of Glamorgan, UK. Her publications include Sisters and Rivals in British Women's Fiction, 1914-39 (Macmillan, 2000) and articles in Gothic Studies, Critical Survey and Studies in the Literary Imagination.

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'Aware that many readers are likely to encounter several faces for the first time, Wallace adopts a style that remains conceptually dexterous yet approachable in its capacious exposition of material between periods an exposition in which countless women writers hitherto marginalized by neglect are retrieved as we shift nimbly between survey and textual analysis.' David James, Modernism/Modernity

'Wallace's nearly encyclopedic study contribute[s] to important feminist revisions of literary history.' Loretta Stec, Clio

'Diana Wallace's extremely useful and interesting new survey of twentieth-century historical fiction by women writers summarizes the relevant critical arguments and has broadened the picture considerably.' Maroula Joannou, Women: A Cultural Review

'[A] fascinating overview of the development of women's historical fiction in the twentieth century up to the present day... The lively but jargon-free tone of this book, coupled with an admirable ability to explain theoretical concepts clearly and concisely, will make this book attractive to students studying popular or contemporary fiction, but the focus on lesser-known writers and a forgotten genre also makes this an important work for researchers and scholars.' - Emma Liggins, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

'Diana Wallace's extremely useful and interesting new survey of twentieth-century historical fiction by women writers summarizes the relevant critical arguments and has broadened the picture considerably.' - Women: A Cultural Review

'This timely, perceptive analysis gives a much-maligned genre its proper significance in the canon of English literature.' - Sarah Cuthbertson, Historical Novels Review


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Wallace, Diana

    Pages 1-24

  • Entering into History: The Woman Citizen and the Historical Novel, 1900–1929

    Wallace, Diana

    Pages 25-52

  • Histories of the Defeated: Writers Taking Sides in the 1930s

    Wallace, Diana

    Pages 53-77

  • Writing the War and After: Wicked Ladies and Wayward Women in the 1940s

    Wallace, Diana

    Pages 78-100

  • Hollow Men and Homosexual Heroes: Exploring Masculinity in the 1950s

    Wallace, Diana

    Pages 101-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Woman's Historical Novel
Book Subtitle
British Women Writers, 1900-2000
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50594-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230505940
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-0322-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-22360-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 269
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