Category: Issue 5.3 – Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction – And When I Mean Fiction, I Mean Fiction. Zombies and Aliens and Stuff.

Written by James Lewis. Edited by Joscelin Woodend. When I imagine a stereotypical example of historical fiction, whilst attempting to ignore Lucas’s promise that Star Wars took place a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I picture…

The historical imagination and the search for ‘truth’: is history about ‘fact’ or ‘fiction’?

Written by Isobel Hadlum. Edited by Emma Ward. Is the practice of history about neatly separating ‘fact’ from ‘fiction’, or is there equally something illuminating to be gained from studying not what actually happened, but instead what people thought happened?…

HHhH and the Postmodern Historical Novel

Written by Sophie Hylands. Edited by Anushka Minshull. HHhH, Laurent Binet’s 2010 account of the assassination of the SS general Reinhard Heydrich, was emphatically presented to the reading public as a work of fiction, even winning the Prix Goncourt du…

Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth: An Example of Historical Fiction’s Possibility or Its Limitations?

Written by Thomas Soden. Edited by Emma Ward. In an academic field as broad and representative as History, it seems inevitable that otherwise independent and contrasting subjects such as literature, art or psychology will get melded with the ‘pure’ study…

Is History Fiction?

Written by Josh Berlyne. Edited by Anushka Minshull. Is all history fiction? The question seems a joke, but it is a question I think should be taken very seriously. Currently there’s a trend in academic history, an ideology even, which…

Historical truth or fiction?

Written by Faidon Moudopoulos (MA Aegean Archaeology.) Edited by Sam Ellis. To an old friend, Efthimios The sun was shining; it was the beginning of a new era and the Dorians, the last tribe of the Greeks, were descending from…

The Motorcycle Diaries

Written by James Ball. Edited by Eleanor Winn. Everyone who has an interest in revolutions has heard of the name ‘Che Guevara’, and is aware, to some extent, of his role in Cuban revolutionary history, just as people have heard…

Issue 5.3

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