Natalie Z. Davis Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


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.

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