Sarah Waters

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Abstract

Sarah Waters is one of the most popular and most widely read novelists of recent times. Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, her novels, and their adaptations, have foregrounded the reclamation of lesbian history, and are arguably both cause and symptom of the extraordinary rise of the acceptance of lesbianism in mainstream fiction, TV, and film since the 1990s. Tipping the Velvet (1998), her first novel, drew heavily on Chris Hunt's Street Lavender (1986), telling the life story of Nancy King, brought up in a Whitstable oyster parlour in the late nineteenth century. Waters describes her second novel, Affinity (1999), as ‘the most genuinely historical book [of her first three novels,] and an attempt to capture the authentic lesbian voice’. The Night Watch, published in 2006, was a departure for Waters in a number of ways.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature
EditorsRichard Bradford, Madelena Gonzalez, Stephen Butler, James Ward, Kevin de Ornellas
PublisherWiley
Chapter46
Pages481-490
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118902264
ISBN (Print)9781119099796, 9781118902301
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Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2020

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