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Gendering classicism [electronic resource] : the ancient world in twentieth-century women's historical fiction / Ruth Hoberman.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
Gendering classicism [electronic resource] : the ancient world in twentieth-century women's historical fiction / Ruth Hoberman.
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Publication Date:
1997
ISBN:
9780585067452
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-191) and index.
Contents:
Ch. 1. Reading History / Resisting History -- Ch. 2. Greece, Gender, and The Golden Bough -- Ch. 3. History, Ritual, and Gender in Naomi Mitchison's Greece -- Ch. 4. Mana and Narrative in Mary Butts's Greece -- Ch. 5. Cressida's Complexity: Laura Riding Unwrites the White Goddess -- Ch. 6. Masquing the Phallus: Genital Ambiguity in Mary Renault's Historical Novels -- Ch. 7. History as Palimpsest: Gender and Narrative in Bryher's Gate to the Sea -- Ch. 8. Ancient Rome, Gender, and British Imperialism -- Ch. 9. Hostage to History: Naomi Mitchison and Rome -- Ch. 10. When Mana Meets Woman: Mary Butts's Cleopatra -- Ch. 11. Phyllis Bentley: Historical Fiction as Equivocation -- Ch. 12. Bryher the Graeco-Phoenician and Rome -- Ch. 13. "I am his fulfilment": Claiming the Paternal Inheritance.
Abstract:
Gendering Classicism explores the intersection of feminism, historical fiction, and modernism through the work of six writers, all of whom wrote historical novels set in ancient Greece or Rome: Naomi Mitchison, Mary Butts, Laura Riding, Phyllis Bentley, Bryher, and Mary Renault. As women gained access to higher education in the late nineteenth century, they gained access also to the classical learning that had for so long demarcated and legitimated the British ruling classes. Steeped in misogyny, the classical tradition presented educated women with a massive project: the recasting of that tradition in terms that acknowledged the existence of women - as historical agents and interpreters of the historical past.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English