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Allen, Bruce. “Famous French Marital Scandal of Desertion and Mistaken Identity.” The Christian Science Monitor (16 November 1983): 35.
Compares Davis's version of the Martin Guerre story with Janet Lewis's The Wife of Martin Guerre.
Bossy, John. “As It Happened.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4488 (7-13 April 1989): 359.
Presents a mixed review of Fiction in the Archives, praising the representation of life in the sixteenth century, but faulting the “coy and sometimes vulgar” language of the book.
Brien, Alan. Review of The Return of Martin Guerre, by Natalie Zemon Davis. New Statesman 109, no. 2822 (19 April 1985): 35.
Claims that Davis fails in her attempt to retell the story of Martin Guerre as history.
Burke, Peter. “The Imposter.” London Review of Books 6, no. 7 (19 April 1984): 12.
Maintains that Davis's The Return of Martin Guerre could have been strengthened by providing more historical background on some subjects, such as the concept of honor in sixteenth-century France and the tendency of its citizens to litigate.
Desan, Suzanne. Review of Women on the Margins, by Natalie Z. Davis. Comparative Studies in Society and History 40, no. 3 (July 1998): 582-83.
Provides a review of Women on the Margins praising the treatment of the creative forces behind each of Davis's subjects, while acknowledging that the author offers little analysis of their marginality.
Jones, Colin. “In Scheherezade's Shoes.” London Review of Books 111, no. 22 (23 November 1989): 19-20.
Presents an analysis of the difficulty of verifying authenticity as raised by Davis in her treatment of the pardon letters in Fiction in the Archives.
Mack, Phyllis. “Tales of Transformation.” Women's Review of Books 13, no. 9 (June 1996): 13-14.
Provides a comparison of three historical biographies of women from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including Davis's Women on the Margins.
Quilligan, Maureen. “Early Modern Women and the Spectacles of Scholarship.” Yale Review 84, no. 2 (April 1996): 144-53.
Review of Women on the Margins suggesting that Davis's work is “constrained by her polemic position” whereby she contends that her characters were more marginalized than they actually were.
Rabb, Theodore. “The Voice of the People.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 3845 (21 November 1975): 1387-88.
Review of Society and Culture in Early Modern France, praising Davis's blending of history and anthropology.
Roper, Lyndal. “Mothers and Sisters All.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4868 (19 July 1996): 4-5.
Contends that Davis's Women on the Margins avoids the common pitfalls associated with various trends in historiography.
Additional coverage of Davis's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 53-56; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 58, 100; and Literature Resource Center.
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