Look what’s arrived! My contributor edition of Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction, with chapters on everything from linguistics to war — including mine on “Heyer . . . in Space! The Influence of Georgette Heyer on Science Fiction.”
The book, edited by Samantha J. Rayner and Kim Wilkins, is available from UCL Press, and although the print version is very reasonably priced for an academic publication, the ebook version is free!
And while it is an academic book, and sprang from an academic conference, the delight of all the authors in their subject has been delightful. For the Un-Conference launch, we even had such fans of Heyer as Stephen Fry, Philippa Gregory, Lois McMaster Bujold and Jennifer Kloester involved!
Look what’s happening this Thursday 25 February (UK time)! It’s the launch of Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction, and features an astonishing lineup of live and pre-recorded events, including Lois McMaster Bujold and Stephen Fry (!!!).
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
Last year I went to the Diana Wynne Jones: Bristol 2019 conference in, obviously, Bristol, and had a wonderful time. Fannish academic conventions(? academic-ish fan conventions?) are wonderful fun, and we made new friends whose tastes we already approved of, and after the convention was over several of us tramped all over, and danced the witchy dance at Clifton Suspension Bridge, and rode a carousel, and tried to find the 21st-century equivalent of Janine’s boutique (some of these references are to Deep Secret which had a formative effect on my career).
Also, although I was between degrees, I gave a paper on:
“Contracts and Calcifer, or “In Which A Contract Is Concluded Before Witnesses”: the Transactional Structure of Howl’s Moving Castle.”