Literature, Language and Culture
Introduction - 11
Introduction I have had the extraordinary experience and pleasure of having met Michèle Roberts on different occasions in Maldon, London and Bath. Yet, when I first read some of her novels, The Wild Girl, The Book of Mrs Noah and In the Red Kitchen in one of the courses I was attending as part of my PhD studies, I felt haunted by her writing. Roberts is such a brilliant personality and a noteworthy influence on my professional career. With Roberts, I have learnt not only about women’s studies and feminism but also about language and culture as well. Being an outsider and a foreign language speaker, I have been able to understand and share what this other world is about with Paper Houses: A Memoir of the ‘70s and Beyond (2007). Roberts’s memoir intertwines with Roberts’s novels as in both written forms there is a protagonist who finally tells her story for the very first time. The first person narrator in this true account is real but is also rescued from her past and reshaped at the time of writing this memoir. I have also lived and strolled in London as a woman flâneur. The perspective of the 1970s depicted in Roberts’s account, however, is that of an independent and feminist revolution for women. Today’s London is not the same that London during the 1970s. Following Roberts’s physical and literary steps has given me language. I have enjoyed analysing her fictional work and looking into her autobiography. Topics...
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