Literature, Language and Culture
Talking with Michèle Roberts: two interviews in 2003 and 2010 The last part of this manuscript comprises two conversations I had with Michèle Roberts, one in 2003 and the last one in 2010. Both interviews took place in London, one in her apartment and the other in a coffee shop near the British Museum. I would like to thank both, Atlantis: Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo- Americanos and the Journal of International Women’s Studies, for allowing me to reproduce both interviews in this book. Talking about women, history and writing with Michèle Roberts In the first conversation, Michèle Roberts talked about her last work at that time, Reader, I Married Him (2005). As she kept on talking, we get to know this story through the voice of a fifty-year-old woman. This interview, which took place in Roberts’s apartment in London when I was working on my doctoral thesis, is about the combination of women, history and writing in Roberts’s works of fiction. I would like to start the conversation talking about ‘writing’ and its beginning in your career. Um. Well, I think I was like all other children in English primary schools. You were encouraged to write little stories, poems, etc. I also kept a diary. I began keeping a diary when I was about ten. I lived in a 140 family where people read a lot. My parents both read, so we had a lot of books at home. My...
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