Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance in Britain, 1885-1925

Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance in Britain, 1885-1925

by Martin Hipsky

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Today’s mass-market romances have their precursors in late Victorian popular novels written by and for women. In Modernism and the Women’s Popular Romance Martin Hipsky scrutinizes some of the best-selling British fiction from the period 1885 to 1925, the era when romances, especially those by British women, were sold and read more widely than ever before or since.

Recent scholarship has explored the desires and anxieties addressed by both “low modern” and “high modernist” British culture in the decades straddling the turn of the twentieth century. In keeping with these new studies, Hipsky offers a nuanced portrait of an important phenomenon in the history of modern fiction. He puts popular romances by Mrs. Humphry Ward, Marie Corelli, the Baroness Orczy, Florence Barclay, Elinor Glyn, Victoria Cross, Ethel Dell, and E. M. Hull into direct relationship with the fiction of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence, among other modernist greats. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821443774
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
File size: 627 KB

About the Author

Martin Hipsky is a professor of English and an associate dean of first- year students at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author of numerous articles on British modernism, postmodern fiction, and popular film. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: Contexts of Popular Romance, 1885–1925 Chapter Two: Mary Ward’s Romances and the Literary Field Chapter Three: Marie Corelli and the Discourse of Romance Chapter Four: The Women’s Romance and the Ideology of Form Chapter Five: The Imperial Erotic Romance Chapter Six: Modernism and the Romance of Interiority Notes Bibliography Index

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