For the first time in the literary tradition the contemporary woman's historical novel (post 1970) is surveyed from a transnational feminist perspective. Analyzing the maternal, the genre's central theme, reveals that historical fiction is a transnational feminist means for challenging historical erasures, silences, normative sexuality, political exclusion, and divisions of labor.
"The international scale and scope of this comparative project is extremely welcome, as is the explicit focus on post-1970s feminist historical fiction. This is still a neglected area with an ever-growing body of historical novels which, as the introduction states, have not been adequately recognized or studied." - Diana Wallace, author of The Woman's Historical Novel
Tegan Zimmerman currently works as an Instructor in the English Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.