The Fiction of History

New York: Basic Books. Carr, E.H. 1961. What is History? Harmondsworth: Penguin. Collingwood, R.G. 1946. The Idea of History. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Curthoys, A. and J. Docker. 2006. Is History Fiction? Sidney NSW: University of New ...

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Author: Alexander Lyon Macfie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317681748

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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The Fiction of History sets out a number of themes in the relationship between history and fiction, emphasising the tensions and dilemmas created in this relationship and examining how various writers have dealt with these. In the first part, two chapters discuss the philosophy behind the connection between fiction and history, whether history is fiction, and the distinction between the past and history. Part two goes on to discuss the relationship between history and literature using case studies such as Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. Part three looks at television and film (as well as other media) through case studies such as the film Welcome to Sarajevo and Soviet and Australian films. Part four considers a particular theme that has prominence in both history and literature, postcolonial studies, focusing on the issues of fictions of nationhood and civilization and the historical novel in postcolonial contexts. Finally, the fifth section comprises two interviews with novelists Penelope Lively and Adam Thorpe and discusses the ways in which their works explore the nature of history itself.

Fiction as History

His is the kind of fiction that we clearly know to be fiction . But he saw in the Gospel stories another order of fabrication in which there was a claim to historical truth . The truth of Celsus's discourse obviously does not lie in his ...

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Author: Glen Warren Bowersock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520208811

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 181

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Using pagan fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, G. W. Bowersock investigates the complex relationship between "historical" and "fictional" truths. This relationship preoccupied writers of the second century, a time when apparent fictions about both past and present were proliferating at an astonishing rate and history was being invented all over again. With force and eloquence, Bowersock illuminates social attitudes of this period and persuasively argues that its fiction was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives. Enthralling in its breadth and enhanced by two erudite appendices, this is a book that will be warmly welcomed by historians and interpreters of literature. Using pagan fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, G. W. Bowersock investigates the complex relationship between "historical" and "fictional" truths. This relationship preoccupied writers of the second century, a time when apparent fictions about both past and present were proliferating at an astonishing rate and history was being invented all over again. With force and eloquence, Bowersock illuminates social attitudes of this period and persuasively argues that its fiction was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives. Enthralling in its breadth and enhanced by two erudite appendices, this is a book that will be warmly welcomed by historians and interpreters of literature.

History Fiction and Germany

In Fact and Fiction : German History and Literature , 1848-1924 , ed . Gisela BrudeFirnau and Karin J. MacHardy , 41-56 . Tübingen : Franke , 1990 . Sammons , Jeffrey L. Wilhelm Raabe : The Fiction of the Alternative Community .

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Author: Brent Orlyn Peterson

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814332005

Category: History

Page: 360

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A study of the content, development, and transmission of German identity during the nineteenth century as Germany's national narrative took shape in historical fiction and in both popular and academic history.

Art History and Postwar Fiction

This turn back to the moment of modernism enabled Berger to view the novel as capable of illuminating and anticipating historical moments beyond those of its immediate context of production during the political upheavals of the late ...

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Author: Kevin Brazil

Publisher: Oxford English Monographs

ISBN: 9780198824459

Category: Art

Page: 208

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Art, History, and Postwar Fiction explores the ways in which novelists responded to the visual arts from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day. If art had long served as a foil to enable novelists to reflect on their craft, this book argues that in the postwar period, novelists turned to the visual arts to develop new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between literature and history. The sense that the novel was becalmed in the end of history was pervasive in the postwar decades. In seeming to bring modernism to a climax whilst repeating its foundational gestures, visual art also raised questions about the relationship between continuity and change in the development of art. In chapters on Samuel Beckett, William Gaddis, John Berger, and W. G. Sebald, and shorter discussions of writers like Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, and Teju Cole, this book shows that writing about art was often a means of commenting on historical developments of the period: the Cold War, the New Left, the legacy of the Holocaust. Furthermore, it argues that forms of postwar visual art, from abstraction to the readymade, offered novelists ways of thinking about the relationship between form and history that went beyond models of reflection or determination. By doing so, this book also argues that attention to interactions between literature and art can provide critics with new ways to think about the relationship between literature and history beyond reductive oppositions between formalism and historicism, autonomy and context.

History Narrative and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh s Fiction

In an appendix to the novel Ghosh says that there are few real figures from history in the novel: “I can say without reservation that except for King Thebaw, Queen Supalayat and their daughters, none of the principal characters bear any ...

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Author: Chitra Sankaran

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438441825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Comprehensive overview of the work of Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.

British Historical Fiction before Scott

Rev. of The Private History of the Court of England, by Sarah Green. ... Circulating library catalogs consulted, chronologically A Catalogue of Books in History, Ancient and Modern, Voyages and Travels, Philosophy and Belles Lettres, ...

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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.

Making Use of History in New South African Fiction

Attwell , David : “ The Problem of History in the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee ” in Martin Trump ( ed . ) : Rendering Things Visible . Essays on South African Literary Culture . Johannesburg : Ravan Press , 1990 ( pp . 95-133 ) .

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Author: Sten Pultz Moslund

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN: 8772897848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 135

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A study of the use of history as political ammunition and literature as historical counter-discourse in Mongane Serote's "Gods of Our Time", Mike Nicol's "The Ibis Tapestry", and Zakes Mda's "Ways of Dying". Moslund shows how literary engagement with the past seeks to rupture the continuity of a strongly dichotomised epistemology and through that dissolve the inherited polarisation of society. Falsification of history is exposed as constructed discourse and past simplifications of reality as sharply demarcated into homogenous self-justifying, categorisations of, Us against Them, are challenged with paradox, doubt and introspection.

History of Fiction in China

(4) History The enlightenment and influence of "Historical Records" on later generations of novels is far from being comparable to Zuo Zhuan and Warring States Policy. "Historical Records" is a two-in-one: historians regard it as the ...

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Author: Zhi Dao

Publisher: DeepLogic

ISBN:

Category: History

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The book provides highlights on the key concepts and trends of evolution in History of Fiction in China, as one of the series of books of “China Classified Histories”.

Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature

The act of historical inquiry is imagined as a reconstruction of a predecessor's purposeful and partial presentation of the facts. Thucydides' interpretation of Homer here recalls the search for huponoiai we discussed above apropos of ...

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Author: Lawrence Kim

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139490245

Category: History

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Did Homer tell the 'truth' about the Trojan War? If so, how much, and if not, why not? The issue was hardly academic to the Greeks living under the Roman Empire, given the centrality of both Homer, the father of Greek culture, and the Trojan War, the event that inaugurated Greek history, to conceptions of Imperial Hellenism. This book examines four Greek texts of the Imperial period that address the topic - Strabo's Geography, Dio of Prusa's Trojan Oration, Lucian's novella True Stories, and Philostratus' fictional dialogue Heroicus - and shows how their imaginative explorations of Homer and his relationship to history raise important questions about the nature of poetry and fiction, the identity and intentions of Homer himself, and the significance of the heroic past and Homeric authority in Imperial Greek culture.

The Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History

Much has been said of the fiction in history - even the history that is accepted as reputable — and when it comes to a certain kind of loosely written local history based upon vague tradition and the desire to make a “ story ...

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044065537151

Category: Indiana

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