Book Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction

Download or read Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction PDF, written by Greg Forter and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2019-01-17 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This bold and ambitious volume argues that postcolonial historical fiction offers readers valuable resources for thinking about history and the relationship between past and present. It shows how the genre's treatment of colonialism illustrates continuities between the colonial era and our own and how the genre distils from our colonial pasts the evanescent, utopian intimations of a properly postcolonial future. Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction arrives at these insights by juxtaposing novels from the Atlantic world with books from the Indian subcontinent. Attending to the links across these regions, the volume develops luminous readings of novels by Patrick Chamoiseau, J. G. Farrell, Amitav Ghosh, Marlon James, Hari Kunzru, Toni Morrison, Marlene van Niekerk, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie, and Barry Unsworth. It shows how these works not only transform our understanding of the colonial past and the futures that might issue from it, but also contribute to pressing debates in postcolonial theory—debates about the politics of literary forms, the links between cycles of capital accumulation and the emergence of new genres, the meaning of 'working through' traumas in the postcolonial context, the relationship between colonial and panoptical power, the continued salience of hybridity and mimicry for the study of colonialism, and the tension between national liberation struggles and transnational forms of solidarity. Beautifully written and meticulously theorized, Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction will be of interest to students of world literature, Marxist critics, postcolonial theorists, and thinkers of the utopian.

Book Write Your Own Historical Fiction Story

Download or read Write Your Own Historical Fiction Story PDF, written by and published by Capstone. This book was released on 2006-01-01 with total page 74 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explains how to create historical fiction, from crafting believable characters to creating intense plots, with examples from successful books.

Book 21st Century US Historical Fiction

Download or read 21st Century US Historical Fiction PDF, written by Ruth Maxey and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2020-07-17 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This new collection examines important US historical fiction published since 2000. Exploring historical novels by established American writers such as Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, Chang-rae Lee, James McBride, Susan Choi, and George Saunders, the book also includes chapters on first-time novelists. Individual essays in 21st Century US Historical Fiction: Contemporary Responses to the Past tackle prominent and provocative new novels, for example, recent Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction by Anthony Doerr, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Colson Whitehead. Interrogating such key themes as war, race, sexuality, trauma and childhood; notions of genre and periodization; and recent theorizations of historical fiction, scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain and Ireland analyze an emerging canon of contemporary historical fiction by an ethno-racially diverse range of major American writers.

Book British Historical Fiction before Scott

Download or read British Historical Fiction before Scott PDF, written by A. Stevens and published by Springer. This book was released on 2010-04-09 with total page 201 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Book Re visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers

Download or read Re visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers PDF, written by Kim Wilson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2011-06-15 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study is concerned with how readers are positioned to interpret the past in historical fiction for children and young adults. Looking at literature published within the last thirty to forty years, Wilson identifies and explores a prevalent trend for re-visioning and rewriting the past according to modern social and political ideological assumptions. Fiction within this genre, while concerned with the past at the level of content, is additionally concerned with present views of that historical past because of the future to which it is moving. Specific areas of discussion include the identification of a new sub-genre: Living history fiction, stories of Joan of Arc, historical fiction featuring agentic females, the very popular Scholastic Press historical journal series, fictions of war, and historical fiction featuring multicultural discourses. Wilson observes specific traits in historical fiction written for children — most notably how the notion of positive progress into the future is nuanced differently in this literature in which the concept of progress from the past is inextricably linked to the protagonist’s potential for agency and the realization of subjectivity. The genre consistently manifests a concern with identity construction that in turn informs and influences how a metanarrative of positive progress is played out. This book engages in a discussion of the functionality of the past within the genre and offers an interpretative frame for the sifting out of the present from the past in historical fiction for young readers.

Book The Woman s Historical Novel

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  • Author : D. Wallace
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2004-11-19
  • ISBN : 0230505945
  • Pages : 269 pages

Download or read The Woman s Historical Novel PDF, written by D. Wallace and published by Springer. This book was released on 2004-11-19 with total page 269 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Book Constructing a World

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  • Author : Martha Tuck Rozett
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Release : 2012-02-01
  • ISBN : 0791487733
  • Pages : 217 pages

Download or read Constructing a World PDF, written by Martha Tuck Rozett and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2012-02-01 with total page 217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examines recent developments in historical fiction, with particular attention to the way contemporary writers have portrayed Shakespearean England.

Book Teaching Historical Fiction with Ready Made Literature Circles for Secondary Readers

Download or read Teaching Historical Fiction with Ready Made Literature Circles for Secondary Readers PDF, written by Carianne Bernadowski and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2011-10-24 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This comprehensive step-by-step guide provides practical guidance to implement literature circles in any social studies or language arts classroom. • Provides an author and title index

Book African American Women Writers  Historical Fiction

Download or read African American Women Writers Historical Fiction PDF, written by A. Nunes and published by Springer. This book was released on 2011-05-09 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume explores African American historical fiction written by women in the last four decades of the twentieth century. Nunes' approach to the texts aims at emphasizing the narrative and thematic achievements of individual novels set in the context of the main trends and developments of the contemporary African American historical novel.

Book The Return of the Mughal  Historical Fiction and Despotism in Colonial India  1863   1908

Download or read The Return of the Mughal Historical Fiction and Despotism in Colonial India 1863 1908 PDF, written by Alex Padamsee and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-11-03 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Pivot explores the uses of the Mughal past in the historical fiction of colonial India. Through detailed reconsiderations of canonical works by Rudyard Kipling, Flora Annie Steel and Romesh Chunder Dutt, the author argues for a more complex and integral understanding of the part played by the Mughal imaginary in colonial and early Indian nationalist projections of sovereignty. Evoking the rich historical and transnational contexts of these literary narratives, the study demonstrates the ways in which, at successive moments of crisis and contestation in the later Raj, the British Indian state continued to be troubled by its early and profound investments in models of despotism first located by colonial administrators in the figure of the Mughal emperor. At the heart of these political fictions lay the issue of territoriality and the founding problem of a British claim to sole proprietorship of Indian land – a form of Orientalist exceptionalism that at once underpinned and could never fully be integrated with the colonial rule of law. Alongside its recovery of a wealth of popular and often overlooked colonial historiography, The Return of the Mughal emphasises the relevance of theories of political theology – from Carl Schmitt and Ernst Kantorowicz to Talal Asad and Giorgio Agamben – to our understanding of the fictional and jurisprudential histories of colonialism. This study aims to show just how closely the pageantry and romance of empire in India connects to its early politics of terror and even today continues to inform the figure of the Mughal in the sectarian politics of Hindu Nationalism.

Book Reading Historical Fiction

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  • Author : Kate Mitchell
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2012-12-03
  • ISBN : 1137291540
  • Pages : 243 pages

Download or read Reading Historical Fiction PDF, written by Kate Mitchell and published by Springer. This book was released on 2012-12-03 with total page 243 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection examines the intersection of historical recollection, strategies of representation, and reading practices in historical fiction from the eighteenth century to today. In shifting focus to the agency of the reader and taking a long historical view, the collection brings a new perspective to the field of historical representation.

Book Role play as a Heritage Practice

Download or read Role play as a Heritage Practice PDF, written by Michal Mochocki and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-03-29 with total page 265 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Role-play as a Heritage Practice is the first book to examine physically performed role-enactments, such as live-action role-play (LARP), tabletop role-playing games (TRPG), and hobbyist historical reenactment (RH), from a combined game studies and heritage studies perspective. Demonstrating that non-digital role-plays, such as TRPG and LARP, share many features with RH, the book contends that all three may be considered as heritage practices. Studying these role-plays as three distinct genres of playful, participatory and performative forms of engagement with cultural heritage, Mochocki demonstrates how an exploration of the affordances of each genre can be valuable. Showing that a player’s engagement with history or heritage material is always multi-layered, the book clarifies that the layers may be conceptualised simultaneously as types of heritage authenticity and as types of in-game immersion. It is also made clear that RH, TRPG and LARP share commonalities with a multitude of other media, including video games, historical fiction and film. Existing within, and contributing to, the fiction and non-fiction mediasphere, these role-enactments are shaped by the same large-scale narratives and discourses that persons, families, communities, and nations use to build memory and identity. Role-play as a Heritage Practice will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage, memory, nostalgia, role-playing, historical games, performance, fans and transmedia narratology.

Book The Postcolonial Historical Novel

Download or read The Postcolonial Historical Novel PDF, written by H. Dalley and published by Springer. This book was released on 2014-10-17 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Postcolonial Historical Novel is the first systematic work to examine how the historical novel has been transformed by its appropriation in postcolonial writing. It proposes new ways to understand literary realism, and explores how the relationship between history and fiction plays out in contemporary African and Australasian writing.

Book Space and Narrative in the Nineteenth Century British Historical Novel

Download or read Space and Narrative in the Nineteenth Century British Historical Novel PDF, written by Tom Bragg and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-03-31 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Book Romance Fiction

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  • Author : Kristin Ramsdell
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2012
  • ISBN : 159158177X
  • Pages : 719 pages

Download or read Romance Fiction PDF, written by Kristin Ramsdell and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2012 with total page 719 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Presents a comprehensive guide for librarians and readers' advisors, provides a brief history of the romance novel, and offers reading lists and subgenre definitions.

Book The Fiction of History

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  • Author : Alexander Lyon Macfie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-08-13
  • ISBN : 1317681746
  • Pages : 210 pages

Download or read The Fiction of History PDF, written by Alexander Lyon Macfie and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-08-13 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Book Truth and History in the Ancient World

Download or read Truth and History in the Ancient World PDF, written by Lisa Hau and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-11-03 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of essays investigates histories in the ancient world and the extent to which the producers and consumers of those histories believed them to be true. Ancient Greek historiographers repeatedly stressed the importance of truth to history; yet they also purported to believe in myth, distorted facts for nationalistic or moralizing purposes, and omitted events that modern audiences might consider crucial to a truthful account of the past. Truth and History in the Ancient World explores a pluralistic concept of truth – one in which different versions of the same historical event can all be true – or different kinds of truths and modes of belief are contingent on culture. Beginning with comparisons between historiography and aspects of belief in Greek tragedy, chapters include discussions of historiography through the works of Herodotus, Xenophon, and Ktesias, as well as Hellenistic and later historiography, material culture in Vitruvius, and Lucian’s satire. Rather than investigate whether historiography incorporates elements of poetic, rhetorical, or narrative techniques to shape historical accounts, or whether cultural memory is flexible or manipulated, this volume examines pluralities of truth and belief within the ancient world – and consequences for our understanding of culture, ancient or otherwise.