Sarah Waters

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  • Louisa Yates (University of Chester)

“Why, oh why, did I ever allow the phrase ‘lesbo-Victorian romp' to cross my lips?” (Patterson, “Sarah Waters: The Hot Tip”). Though Sarah Waters' plaintive tone is obviously tongue-in-cheek, it is certainly true that her novels are chiefly known for their playful, bawdy, and sensual qualities. Television adaptations of Tipping the Velvet (BBC: 2002) and Fingersmith (BBC: 2005) profited from this popular conception; Andrew Davies' adaptation of Tipping the Velvet, in particular, revelled in cheeky double entendres and explicit sex scenes. One specific encounter brought explicit lesbian sex to mainstream television audiences, with actors Anna Chancellor, Rachael Stirling, and one very significant …

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Yates, Louisa. "Sarah Waters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2008
[, accessed 10 October 2015.]

Articles on Waters' works

  1. Affinity
  2. Fingersmith
  3. The Little Stranger
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Tipping the Velvet

Related Groups

  1. Queer (GLBT) Literature