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Introduction: a past of her own: history and the modernist woman writer [Guest-edited special issue]

Llewellyn, Mark and Heilmann, Ann 2007. Introduction: a past of her own: history and the modernist woman writer [Guest-edited special issue]. Critical Survey -Oxford- 19 (1) , pp. 1-4. 10.3167/cs.2007.190101

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Abstract

The articles collected in this special issue were originally all delivered as papers at the ‘Hystorical Fictions: Women, History and Authorship’conference we organised at the University of Wales, Swansea, in August 2003. When we began planning the event – writing the call for papers; contacting academics we thought might be interested in attending – we anticipated that, given the recent prominence of ‘historical fiction’ by authors such as A. S. Byatt, Tracy Chevalier,Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, Jeanette Winterson and others, a large number of speakers would want to focus on contemporary women writers’ uses of history. What proved most interesting, however, was the way in which this trend of, to use Adrienne Rich’s term, feminist ‘re-visioning’,1 viewed by so many critics and readers as part of a postmodern literary culture, has its roots in the modernism of the early twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
ISSN: 0011-1570
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 18:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78808

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