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Reading Historical Fiction: The Revenant and Remembered Past

byKate MitchellEditorN. Parsons

Hardcover | December 3, 2012

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This collection of essays that examines historical fiction from the eighteenth century to the present. In doing so, it provides a clear sense of both the shifts and continuities in the way historical recollection, strategies of representation, and reading practices intersect.

KATE MITCHELL is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. NICOLA PARSONS is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Title:Reading Historical Fiction: The Revenant and Remembered PastFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pagesPublished:December 3, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230343139

ISBN - 13:9780230343139


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: 'Reading the Represented Past: History and Fiction from 1700 to the Present; K.Mitchell & N.Parsons
Learning to Read the Past in the Early Historical Novel; A.Stevens
Temporal Systems in Representations of the Past: Contingency, Free Will and Irony in Historical Fiction; H.Dalley
'All histories are against you?': Family History, Domestic History and the Feminine Past in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion; M.Spongberg
Rereading Hogarth and Pope: Authenticity and Academic Fictions of the Eighteenth Century; J.Ward
'Panoramic Byron: Reading, History and Pre-cinematic Spectacle; H.Groth
'The Painted Record' in George Eliot's Historical Novel Romola; K.Marler-Kennedy
Reading and Remembering History in Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year; N.Parsons
The Gothic Reader: History, Fear and Trembling; D.Wallace
Notes towards a Poethics of Spectrality: The Examples of Neo-Victorian Textuality; J.Wolfreys
Dickens and Ways of Seeing the French Revolution: A Tale of Two Cities; J.Mee
The Uses of History: The Historical Novel in the Post-French Revolution Debate and Ellis Cornelia Knight's Marcus Flaminius (1792); F.Price
The Living Past and the Fellowship of Sacrificial Violence in William Morris's A Dream of John Ball; I.Hanson

Editorial Reviews

'This collection has range, variety and contemporary interest and will do much to re-frame debates about historical fiction. It brings together a range of approaches and texts and a group of distinguished critics to offer fresh insight and will make a mark.' - Linda Anderson, Professor of Modern English and American Literature, Newcastle University, UK