Narrating The Past: Historiography, Memory And The Contemporary Novel

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byAlan Robinson

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In recentyears, 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.

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In recentyears, 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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.94 × 5.7 × 0.74 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023023593X

ISBN - 13:9780230235939

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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

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'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