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Georgette Heyer: Creator of the Regency Novel

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Georgette Heyer: Creator of the Regency Novel

<p>By uniting wit, charm, and rigorous research, Georgette Heyer brought life to historical fiction and created the sub genre of the Regency novel. Her own life might not have been extraordinary, but

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By uniting wit, charm, and rigorous research, Georgette Heyer brought life to historical fiction and created the sub genre of the Regency novel. Her own life might not have been extraordinary, but she invited millions into the sparkling world she had created. Unjustly neglected by critics who thoght women writers + romance + history + popularity with women readers = tosh, she has always been hugely popular with people who enjoy humour and humanity. Join us for an exploration of her characters, her scene setting, her writing style, and her authenticity.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Any Georgette Heyer novel: Friday’s Child, Sylvester, The Unknown Ajax, The Talisman Ring, Devil’s Cub, Regency Buck, Frederica, These Old Shades, The Corinthian, Venetia, Faro’s Daughter, The Nonesuch, False Colours, Cotillion, Arabella, The Grand Sophy
  • Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller / Jennifer Koestler


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Personal life
  • Influence
  • Research
  • Milieu
  • Values
  • Character types:
    • Heyeros
    • Heyeroines
    • Younger sisters
    • Younger brothers
    • Older ladies
    • Older men
    • Dogs
    • Servants
  • Other works:
    • Other historicals: Georgian and Medieval
    • Early works
    • Detective fiction


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the life and achievements of Georgette Heyer.
  2. Assess her significance.
  3. Discuss her values and world view.
  4. Discuss her characters
  5. Discuss her writing style, and how she builds humour, suspense, and tenderness.