Ethnicity and Gender in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell

Synopsis

Angela Thirkell wrote more than 30 comic novels spanning the period from 1930 to 1960 in England. Beginning in 1933, the books are set in Barsetshire as extensions of the seven Barsetshire novels of Anthony Trollope. Her wit is sharp and pointed, and she covers a time of great stress for England. Fritzer's work offers a detailed consideration of two of the most significant themes in Thirkell's Barsetshire novels, gender and ethnicity. The book examines how Thirkell's characters convey their admiration for patriotism, hard work, and tradition, and yet function within a largely comical world. Thirkell repeatedly makes clear that England is best, with the foreigners appearing in her works nearly all caricatures. Because of renewed interest in Thirkell's works and the importance of gender and ethnicity in many contemporary debates, this book is an invaluable guide to her world.