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The Woman's Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 Hardcover – 1 Mar 2005
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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
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.See all Product description
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As well as presenting thought-provoking analyses, Diana Wallace's style is refreshingly free of the academic jargon that usually makes literary studies so dull for the non-specialist. Perhaps best of all, she pays due regard to "popular" authors alongside the more "literary" ones. On the other hand, if you're not interested in literary analysis the book is a valuable source of historical novels by authors you may have forgotten about, or never heard of, such as Bryher, Mary Webb and Marjorie Bowen.
All in all, a comprehensive an insightful survey of women's historical fiction that deserves a place on the bookshelves of every lover of the genre.