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Gendering Classicism: The Ancient World in Twentieth-Century Women's Historical Fiction
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 ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published April 25th 1997 by State University of New York Press
(first published April 1st 1997)
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Of all the authors discussed, I am mostly familiar with the works of Mary Renault and I am not entirely convinced by the author's reading of Renault's portrayal of ancient women as transgressive and subtle; nevertheless, the whole book is well worth reading.