Hysterical Fictions

The ‘Woman’s Novel’ in the Twentieth Century

  • Authors
  • Clare Hanson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Clare Hanson
    Pages 1-25
  3. Clare Hanson
    Pages 26-47
  4. Clare Hanson
    Pages 48-73
  5. Clare Hanson
    Pages 74-96
  6. Clare Hanson
    Pages 121-146
  7. Clare Hanson
    Pages 147-172
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 172-191

About this book


The woman's novel is a term used to describe fiction which, while immensely popular among educated women readers, sits uneasily between high and low culture. Clare Hanson argues that this hybrid status reflects the ambivalent position of its authors and readers, as educated women caught between identification with the male-gendered intellectual culture and a counter-experience of female embodiment. Through six case studies, the representation of a 'mind/body problem' is explored in the fiction of Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Drabble, A.S.Byatt and Anita Brookner.


fiction novel women

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