Women Oxford cover
Published: 2018
No of Pages: 148
RRP: 26.95
Dimensions: 124x190 mm
ISBN Print: 978-0-6482026-3-9

Women, Oxford and Novels of Crime

Alison Hoddinott writes about the history of crime fiction set in Oxford from the early decades of the 20th century to the present. Her emphasis is on novels written by women and the ways in which their fiction deals with both the mystery and its solution and with the situation of women within the university and in the wider community. Thus, women’s crime novels reflect the struggle of women for academic acceptance, the difficulties of combining a career with marriage and motherhood, the changes due to the contraceptive pill, the rise of the lesbian novel and, finally, the widening of settings and issues to include world-wide philosophical and political problems.

Reviews & Interviews

Alison Hoddinott, was interviewed by the Armidale Express.  Click here to read the interview.

Alison Hoddinott was the guest on ABC Radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski.  The program went to air on Thursday June 7 and can be heard here.

Review in Gleebooks Gleaner – Vol 25, No 9 October 2019


About the Author

Alison Hoddinott

Alison Hoddinott was born in Hobart in 1931 and was educated at the Friend’s School and the University of Tasmania. She won a scholarship to Oxford University in 1954. She has written extensively on the poetry of Gwen Harwood, including The Real and the Imagined World (A&R 1991). She edited Blessed City (A&R 1990), Gwen Harwood’s 1943 letters to Thomas Riddell, which won the Age Book of the Year, and The Present Tense (ETT 1995), Gwen Harwood’s final collection of poetry, which was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Award and for the Banjo Award. With Gregory Kratzmann, she co-edited Gwen Harwood’s Collected Poems (UQP 2003). She has published a number of articles on the novels of Charlotte Brontë in the English journal Brontë Studies, and two articles on her family, and on its convict ancestors, in the Papers and Proceedings of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Her most recent publication is Idle Talk (Brandl & Schlesinger 2015), an edition of Gwen Harwood’s letters to her and her husband in 1960−1964. She taught for many years in the English Department of the University of New England, specialising in Victorian literature. She retired as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 and lives in Armidale.

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