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Catherine Cookson Country
On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction, and History

 

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Catherine Cookson Country
On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction, and History

by Julie Anne Taddeo (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9781409405801

 

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In this essay collection devoted to Catherine Cookson, the contributors examine what Cookson's memoirs and historical fiction mean to readers, including how her fans contribute to her position in the cultural imaginary; constructions of gender, class, and English and Irish identity in her work; and much more.


Britain's most widely read author of the late twentieth century, Catherine Cookson published more than 100 books, including "The Fifteen Streets", "The Black Velvet Gown", and "Katie Mulhollond". Set in England's industrial northeast, her novels depict the social, economic, and emotional hardships of that area. In the first essay collection devoted to Cookson, the contributors examine what Cookson's memoirs and historical fiction mean to readers, including how her fans contribute to her position in the cultural imaginary; constructions of gender, class, and English and Irish identity in her work; the importance of place in her novels; Cookson's place in the heritage industry; and, television adaptations of Cookson's works. Cookson's work tackled topics that were still taboo in the early post-World War II era, such as domestic abuse, rape, and incest. This collection places Cookson in historical context and shows how skillful she was at pushing generic boundaries.


 

ISBN 140940580
ISBN13 9781409405801
Publisher Ashgate Publishing Limited
Format Hardback
Publication date 29/05/2012
Pages 240
Weight (grammes) 751.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

Foreword, Kathleen Jones
Introduction, Julie Anne Taddeo and Tabitha Sparks
Part I Literary Paradigms and (II)Legitimacy: Illegitimate histories: rape and illegitimacy in the novels of Catherine Cookson, Diana Wallace
Lineage as destiny in Catherine Cookson's Our Kate: reprising the Victorian orphan tale, Tabitha Sparks
'Love has as many facets as a bursting star': narrative and tolerance in The Black Velvet Gown, Deborah Denenholz Morse
Catherine Cookson, Pierre Bourdieu, and the division of the literary field, Bridget Fowler.
Part II Catherine Cookson and Her Readers: Translating and conveying the damaging childhood in Our Kate, Jo Parnell
Catherine Cookson's Mary Ann novels: the working class experience of social and religious change in 20th-century North East England, Mavis Aitchison
Loving the wingless bird: Cookson's wounded heroes and their readerly appeal, Julie Anne Taddeo.
Part III Cookson in Context: the North East, Social History, and the Culture Industry: Romancing the North East: fantasies of class in the regional novels of Catherine Cookson, 1950-1960, John Fordham
The 15 Streets: representations of Irish identity in Catherine Cookson's early novels, D.A.J. MacPherson
The Catherine Cookson television adaptation cycle: production, reception and heritage, James Leggott
On the Cookson trail: heritage, fiction and personality tourism, Lee Barron
Afterword, Barbara Caine
Index.