Item description for Telling Histories: Narrativizing History, Historicizing Literature (Costerus New Series) by Susana Onega...
The proliferation of historical novels with more or less overt metafictional traits in the late seventies and eighties in Britain is a particularly arresting phenomenon at a time when historians are openly questioning the validity of the traditional concept of history understood as a scientific search for knowledge. This apparent contradiction justifies the attempt made by the contributors of this volume to analize the relationship between history and literature in English. The reader will find four preliminary essays on "The End of the Classical Period" establishing the characteristics of the appropriation of history since the appearance of Sir Walter Scott's historical romances with special emphasis on the Victorian novel (Dickens, Eliot, Mrs Humphry Ward), the Irish ballad and Post-Independence Indian historical fiction, as a necessary preface to the main group of essays on "The Postmodernist Era" devoted to establishing the common as well as the individually distinctive traits in the writings of some of the most accomplished contemporary writers in English: the more "centered" British novelists Margaret Drabble, Julian Barnes and William Golding as well as the more "ex-centric" Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie and Jeanette Winterson plus the playwright Caryl Churchill, and the black American novelist David Bradley.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1995
ISBN 9051837542 ISBN13 9789051837544
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More About Susana Onega
Onega is professor of English literature in the Department of English and German Philology of Zaragoza University.
Susana Onega has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Zaragoza, Spain.