The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction

  • Katherine Cooper
  • Emma Short

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Histories and heroines: the female figure in contemporary historical fiction

  3. Historical Women: Revisioning Real Lives

  4. Imagined Histories: Romancing Fictional Heroines

  5. Imagined Histories: Romancing Fictional Heroines

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


From The Other Boleyn Girl to Fingersmith , this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years. It asks how these representations are influenced by contemporary gender politics, and whether they can be seen as part of a wider feminist project to recover women's history.


fiction gender Middle Ages novel Research in English and American Literature women

Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine Cooper
    • 1
  • Emma Short
    • 1
  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityUK

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