Ivy Compton-Burnett Kathy Gentile
Ivy Compton-Burnett's writing focuses on the Victorian/Edwardian family as an arena of dialogical struggle among sexes, generations and classes. This reassessment draws upon multi-disciplinary feminist theories in providing a re-reading of the novels. By relentlessly interrogating the masculinist assumptions of our culture, her dialogue novels undermine the institutional authority of church state and family. Chapters on selected texts explore the novels' intertextual relationship to literary tradition, history and to each other.