By Martin Hipsky
Today’s mass-market romances have their precursors in overdue Victorian renowned novels written via and for ladies. In Modernism and the Women’s well known Romance Martin Hipsky scrutinizes a few of the best-selling British fiction from the interval 1885 to 1925, the period while romances, specifically these via British girls, have been offered and skim extra extensively than ever sooner than or since.
fresh scholarship has explored the needs and anxieties addressed by way of either “low glossy” and “high modernist” British tradition within the a long time straddling the flip of the 20th century. in line with those new reviews, Hipsky bargains a nuanced portrait of a massive phenomenon within the heritage of recent fiction. He places well known romances via Mrs. Humphry Ward, Marie Corelli, the Baroness Orczy, Florence Barclay, Elinor Glyn, Victoria go, Ethel Dell, and E. M. Hull into direct courting with the fiction of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence, between different modernist greats.
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