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Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction

Edited by Samantha J. Rayner and Kim Wilkins

ISBN: 9781787357600

Publication: February 15, 2021

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The Nonesuch is the name of one of Georgette Heyer’s most famous novels. It means a person or thing without equal, and Georgette Heyer is certainly that. Her historical works inspire a fiercely loyal, international readership and are championed by literary figures such as A. S. Byatt and Stephen Fry.

Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction brings together an eclectic range of chapters from scholars all over the world to explore the contexts of Heyer’s career. Divided into four parts – gender; genre; sources; and circulation and reception – the volume draws on scholarship on Heyer and her contemporaries to show how her work sits in a chain of influence, and why it remains pertinent to current conversations on books and publishing in the twenty-first century. Heyer’s impact on science fiction is accounted for, as are the milieu she was writing in, the many subsequent works that owe Heyer’s writing a debt, and new methods for analysing these enduring books.

From the gothic to data science, there is something for everyone in this volume; a celebration of Heyer’s ‘nonesuch’ status amongst historical novelists, proving that she and her contemporary women writers deserve to be read (and studied) as more than just guilty pleasures.

Samantha J. Rayner is Reader in Publishing at UCL, where she is also Director of the Centre for Publishing.

Kim Wilkins is Reader in Writing and Publishing at The University of Queensland, Australia.

List of figures and tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Persistence of Georgette Heyer Samantha Rayner and Kim Wilkins
Part 1: Gender
1. ‘Where History says little, Fiction may say much’ (Anna Barbauld): the historical novel in women’s hands in the mid-twentieth century Kathryn Sutherland
2. The Not-So-Silly-Ass: Freddy Standen, his Fictional Contemporaries and Alternative Masculinity Geraldine Perriam
3. Judith Taverner as dandy-in-training in Georgette Heyer’s Regency Buck, Laura George
Part 2: Genre
4. Pride and Prejudice: Metafiction and the Value of Historical Romance in Georgette Heyer Kim Sherwood
5. Loving and Giving: Realism, Emotional Hypocrisy, and Generosity in A Civil Contract Jennifer Clement
6. Georgette Heyer and Redefining the Gothic Romance Holly Hirst
7. Heyer . . . in Space! The Influence of Georgette Heyer on Science Fiction Kathleen Jennings
Part 3: Sources
8. All’s Well That Ends Well: Shakespearean Echoes in Heyer’s Regency Novels Lisa Hopkins
9. Georgette Heyer, Wellington’s Army and the First World War Vanda Wilcox
10. Georgette Heyer and the Language of the Historical Novel Tom Zille
Part 4: Circulation and Reception
11. A Reluctant Movie? The Reluctant Widow on Screen Lucie Bea Dutton
12. Georgette Heyer - Guilty Pleasures Amy Street
13. Data Science: Georgette Heyer’s Historical Novels and Her Readers  Helen Davidge
Appendices
Index

Format: Open Access PDF

13 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2021

ISBN: 9781787357600

Publication: February 15, 2021

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