Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction

Samantha Rayner and Kim Wilkins have edited a book of papers originally presented at the Nonesuch conference at University College of London in 2018. Now Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction is coming out from UCL in February 2021. And I have written an actual academic chapter! My paper is “Heyer… in Space! The Influence of Georgette Heyer on Science Fiction”.

Here’s the table of contents (all the papers I saw presented were fascinating):

  • Introduction: The Persistence of Georgette Heyer Samantha Rayner and Kim Wilkins
  • Part 1: Gender
    • 1. ‘Where History says little, Fiction may say much’ (Anna Barbauld): the historical novel in women’s hands in the mid-twentieth century Kathryn Sutherland
    • 2. The Not-So-Silly-Ass: Freddy Standen, his Fictional Contemporaries and Alternative Masculinity Geraldine Perriam
    • 3. Judith Taverner as dandy-in-training in Georgette Heyer’s Regency Buck, Laura George
  • Part 2: Genre
    • 4. Pride and Prejudice: Metafiction and the Value of Historical Romance in Georgette Heyer Kim Sherwood
    • 5. Loving and Giving: Realism, Emotional Hypocrisy, and Generosity in A Civil ContractJennifer Clement
    • 6. Georgette Heyer and Redefining the Gothic Romance Holly Hirst
    • 7. Heyer . . . in Space! The Influence of Georgette Heyer on Science Fiction Kathleen Jennings
  • Part 3: Sources
    • 8. All’s Well That Ends Well: Shakespearean Echoes in Heyer’s Regency Novels Lisa Hopkins
    • 9. Georgette Heyer, Wellington’s Army and the First World War Vanda Wilcox
    • 10. Georgette Heyer and the Language of the Historical Novel Tom Zille
  • Part 4: Circulation and Reception
    • 11. A Reluctant Movie? The Reluctant Widow on Screen Lucie Bea Dutton
    • 12. Georgette Heyer – Guilty Pleasures Amy Street
    • 13. Data Science: Georgette Heyer’s Historical Novels and Her Readers  Helen Davidge

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