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Travelling in Women’s History with Michèle Roberts’s Novels

Literature, Language and Culture

Maria Soraya Garcia-Sanchez

Travelling in Women’s History with Michèle Roberts’s Novels: Literature, Language and Culture is a journey to discover Roberts’s work as a feminist writer, novelist and memoirist. An overall analysis and detailed overview of Michèle Roberts’s novels first provide the reader with a study of Roberts’s rewriting of stories that have been inspired by historical, mythological and religious women who gain a voice in her fiction. Not only will the content of Roberts’s novels be explored but also its connection to form, as this feminist writer has always linked body to language. Second, the book analyses personal and public discoveries in Roberts’s memoir, Paper Houses: A Memoir of the ‘70s and Beyond (2007). The personal, professional and political journeys the writer-protagonist strolls in London will be part of a feminist culture and language that the memoirist preserves in her autobiography. Finally, two conversations with Michèle Roberts from 2003 and 2010 are presented in a last chapter in order to illustrate Roberts’s arguments when writing as a woman.


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Conclusions Three further associated factors which have emerged over this period have been the growth of women’s economic activity, a dramatic rise in male economic inactivity rates and the transition of London from being a mono-ethnic to becoming a multi-ethnic city. These changes further set these non-middle-class groups apart from a working class that was historically white, male and employed in manual occupations. (Butler and Hamnett 225) Although I have tried to present this book with a researcher’s voice, I have also intended to write this manuscript with a form that is shared by other women’s writing, a form that combines the inside with the outside, the personal with the political. Life is change and constant evolution. History is memory, understanding and reflection. As suggested in this quote, women have gained financial independence in London. With her literary work, Michèle Roberts has aimed to see that women’s emancipation needs to look into public history and also into private life in order to keep moving forward. Travelling in Women’s History with Michèle Roberts: Literature, Language and Culture has combined facts and awareness with regard to Michèle Roberts’s literary work. I have intended to analyse Roberts’s novels and memoir by having in mind both history and fiction. The combination of reality and imagination has awakened thoughts and perceptions in my mind. Roberts’s novels and memoir have inspired me through theory, not the other way around. It is from the private side that the public arena is being achieved. As...

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