December 1, 2016
Assuming Gender Annual Lecture
John Percival Building Lecture Theatre 0.31
Cardiff University, 6 December 2016 at 6.30 pm
(Wine Reception in Room 2.47 from 5.30pm)
Female Gothic Histories – Prof Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)
If the term ‘historical fiction’ is a kind of oxymoron which yokes together supposedly antithetical opposites (‘fact’ and ‘fiction’, ‘history’ and ‘literature’), then adding ‘Gothic’ into the mix complicates it further.
In this open public lecture at Cardiff University, Professor Wallace will explore a tradition of Gothic historical fictions which stretches from Sophia Lee in the eighteenth century to Sarah Waters in the twenty-first century. Conscious that women have often been left out of traditional historical narratives, such female writers have turned to Gothic historical fiction as a mode of writing which can both reinsert women into history and symbolise their exclusion.
Diana Wallace is Professor of English Literature at the University of South Wales. Her teaching and research focus on women’s writing, particularly historical fiction, Modernism and the Gothic. Her publications include Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2013), The Woman’s Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Sisters and Rivals in British Women’s Fiction, 1914-39 (Macmillan, 2000).