‘That brave company of shadows’: Gender, national identity, and the formation of children’s British history in Alison Uttley’s A Traveller in Time

MacKinnon, Dolly (2011) ‘That brave company of shadows’: Gender, national identity, and the formation of children’s British history in Alison Uttley’s A Traveller in Time. Women’s History Review, 20 5: 809-827. doi:10.1080/09612025.2011.622531

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Author MacKinnon, Dolly
Title ‘That brave company of shadows’: Gender, national identity, and the formation of children’s British history in Alison Uttley’s A Traveller in Time
Journal name Women’s History Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0961-2025
1747-583X
Publication date 2011-11-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09612025.2011.622531
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 20
Issue 5
Start page 809
End page 827
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Alison Uttley’s classic children’s novel, A Traveller in Time (1939), is the story of Penelope Taberner’s time travel back to the Protestant England of Elizabeth I and into the Catholic household of Anthony Babington, who is determined to rescue the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. This article analyses this overlooked work, and demonstrates how Uttley—using the past as a mirror for her present—offers children a complex anti-Whig historical narrative driven by issues of gender. Uttley challenged the masculine Whig tradition of British history through the genre of children’s historical fiction. This analysis redresses her absence from the existing historiography.
Keyword History
History
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes M. Spongberg and C. Tuite (eds), Women’s History Review, Special Issue: Women and the Writing of British History (2011) Available online: 22 November 2011

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