The Historical Novel

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2009 - History - 208 pages
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The historical novel is an enduringly popular genre that raises crucial questions about key literary concepts, fact and fiction, identity, history, reading, and writing. In this comprehensive, focused guide, Jerome de Groot offers an accessible introduction to the genre and critical debates that surround it, including:

  • the development of the historical novel from early eighteenth-century works through to postmodern and contemporary historical fiction
  • different genres, such as sensational or ‘low’ fiction, crime novels, literary works, counterfactual writing and related issues of audience, value, and authenticity
  • the many functions of historical fiction, particularly the challenges it poses to accepted histories and postmodern questioning of ‘grand narratives’
  • the relationship of the historical novel to the wider cultural sphere with reference to historical theory, the internet, television, and film
  • key theoretical concepts such as the authentic fallacy, postcolonialism, Marxism, queer and feminist reading.

Drawing on a wide range of examples from across the centuries and around the globe The Historical Novel is essential reading for students exploring the interface of history and fiction.

 

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Contents

SERIES EDITORS PREFACE
1896
Gothic novels and the fetishisation of European history
1909
Nineteenthcentury histories
1924
Genre fiction
authenticity adventure and heroism
War novels
history
Challenging history
GLOSSARY
INDEX
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About the author (2009)

Jerome de Groot is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture at The University of Manchester. His publications include Consuming History (2008) and Royalist Identities (2004).

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