Narrating The Past: Historiography, Memory And The Contemporary Novel by A. RobinsonNarrating The Past: Historiography, Memory And The Contemporary Novel by A. Robinson

Narrating The Past: Historiography, Memory And The Contemporary Novel

byA. Robinson

Hardcover | October 4, 2011

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In recent years controversy has surrounded the narrative turn in history and the historical turn in fiction. This book clarifies what is at stake, tracing connections between historiography and life-writing, arguing that the challenges posed in representing the past illuminate issues which are central to all literary narrative.
ALAN ROBINSON is Professor of English at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Lancaster and Cologne and at all the German Swiss universities.
Title:Narrating The Past: Historiography, Memory And The Contemporary NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023023593X

ISBN - 13:9780230235939


Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements PART I: HISTORIOGRAPHY AND FICTION The Narrative Turn in History The Historical Turn in Fiction PART II: ISSUES IN PRACTICE History, Life-Writing and Epistemology National Stories Present Pasts in Neo-Victorian Fiction Gothic Afterlives After the Event Index

Editorial Reviews

'Alan Robinson's monograph, Narrating the Past: Historiography, Memory and the Contemporary Novel offers a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between theories of history and contemporary narrative fiction...In summary, Robinson's book is a theoretically sophisticated engagement with and intervention in the debates of the past forty years or so regarding the relationship between history and fiction. This is framed against innovative and thorough analyses of a selection of representative novels.' - Year's Work in English Studies