The Contemporary British Historical Novel

Connor, Steven, The English Novel in History 1950–1995 (London: Routledge, 1996). Conradi, Peter, John Fowles (London: Methuen, 1982). Costantini, Mariaconcetta, 'Crossing Boundaries: The Revision of Gothic Paradigms in Heat and Dust' ...


Author: M. Boccardi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230240803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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A detailed study of an increasingly popular genre, this book offers readings of a group of significant and representative works, drawing on a range of interpretative strategies to examine the ways in which the contemporary historical novel engages with questions of nation and identity to illuminate Britain's post-imperial condition.

Perspective in British Historical Fiction Today

Avrom Fleishman, The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virgina Woolf (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971) p. 255. . Ibid., p. 256. . J. R. Seeley, The Expansion of England (London: Macmillan, 1883) p. 3.


Author: Neil McEwan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349082612

Category: Fiction

Page: 207

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On the Historical Novel

Lamartine wrote to Manzoni at once , complimenting him upon his use of history and urging him to continue writing , especially in the direction sketched in the most historical portion , book 3. The same year , a warmly favorable review ...


Author: Alessandro Manzoni

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803282265

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 148

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Alessandro Manzoni was a giant of nineteenth-century European literature whose I promessi sposi (The Betrothed, 1928) is ranked with War and Peace as marking the summit of the historical novel. Manzoni wrote “Del romanzo storico” (“On the Historical Novel”) during the twenty years he spent revising I promessi sposi. This first English translation of On the Historical Novel reflects the insights of a great craftsman and the misgivings of a profound thinker. It brings up to the nineteenth century the long war between poetry and history, tracing the idea of the historical novel from its origins in classical antiquity. It declares the historical novel—and presumably I promessi sposi itself—dead as a genre. Or perhaps it justifies I promessi sposi as the climax of a genre and the end of a stage of human consciousness. Its importance lies both in its prospective and in its retrospective contributions to literary debate.

Space and Narrative in the Nineteenth Century British Historical Novel

Victorian Renovations of the Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation. ... Leisy, Ernest E. The American Historical Novel. Oklahoma UP: 1950. Lukacs, Georg. ... English History in Text and Image 1830–1870.


Author: Tom Bragg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317052067

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Demonstrating that nineteenth-century historical novelists played their rational, trustworthy narrators against shifting and untrustworthy depictions of space and place, Tom Bragg argues that the result was a flexible form of fiction that could be modified to reflect both the different historical visions of the authors and the changing aesthetic tastes of the reader. Bragg focuses on Scott, William Harrison Ainsworth, and Edward Bulwer Lytton, identifying links between spatial representation and the historical novel's multi-generic rendering of history and narrative. Even though their understanding of history and historical process could not be more different, all writers employed space and place to mirror narrative, stimulate discussion, interrogate historical inquiry, or otherwise comment beyond the rational, factual narrator's point of view. Bragg also traces how landscape depictions in all three authors' works inculcated heroic masculine values to show how a dominating theme of the genre endures even through widely differing versions of the form. In taking historical novels beyond the localized questions of political and regional context, Bragg reveals the genre's relevance to general discussions about the novel and its development. Nineteenth-century readers of the novel understood historical fiction to be epic and serious, moral and healthful, patriotic but also universal. Space and Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century British Historical Novel takes this readership at its word and acknowledges the complexity and diversity of the form by examining one of its few continuous features: a flexibly metaphorical valuation of space and place.

British Historical Fiction before Scott

Eighteenth-Century Fiction 9 (January 1997): 203–22. Flanagan, Thomas. The Irish Novelists 1800–1850. New York: Columbia University Press, 1959. Fleishman, Avrom. The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf.


Author: A. Stevens

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230275300

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

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In the half century before Walter Scott's Waverley , dozens of popular novelists produced historical fictions for circulating libraries. This book examines eighty-five popular historical novels published between 1762 and 1813, looking at how the conventions of the genre developed through a process of imitation and experimentation.

The Woman s Historical Novel

English history, like Orlando's house and lands, is the property of the patriarchy, entailed to the 'male line'. ... Woolf's play with gender in the novel suggests not only a coded representation of same-sex desire, but also the idea ...


Author: D. Wallace

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230505940

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

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The historical novel has been one of the most important forms of women's reading and writing in the twentieth century, yet it has been consistently under-rated and critically neglected. In the first major study of British women writers' use of the genre, Diana Wallace tracks its development across the century. She combines a comprehensive survey with detailed readings of key writers, including Naomi Mitchison, Georgette Heyer, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Margaret Irwin, Jean Plaidy, Mary Renault, Philippa Gregory and Pat Barker.

The Historical Novel in Europe 1650 1950

The Chinese case is that of Louis Cha, whose wuxia (martial arts) historical novels are the most popular books in the global ... On English historical fiction, see Avrom Fleishman, The English Historical Novel (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins ...


Author: Richard Maxwell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107404465

Category: History

Page: 333

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This book examines how the French invention and the Scottish re-invention of historical fiction prepared the genre's popularity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Victorian Historical Novel 1840 1880

The English historical novels show the involvement of great men in the processes of dynamic change, and they both attempt to trace the formation and social impact of momentous political decisions. The Last of the Barons had been ...


Author: A. Sanders

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349160563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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The Historical Novel in Nineteenth Century Europe

We have seen several examples of novelists writing history—and historians writing novels, a practice common across Europe from the British Isles to the Russian Empire. Protracted historical research by novelists, however, ...


Author: Brian Hamnett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199695041

Category: History

Page: 344

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Brian Hamnett examines key historical novels by Scott, Balzac Manzoni, Dickens, Eliot, Flaubert, Fontane, Galdâos, and Tolstoy, revealing the contradictions inherent in this form of fiction and exploring the challenges writers encountered in attempting to represent a reality that linked past and present.