Fiction of History
The Fiction of History sets out a number of themes in the relationship between history and fiction, emphasising the tensions and dilemmas created in the relationship, and looking at how various writers have dealt with these.
In the first part, three chapters discuss the philosophy behind the connection between fiction and history and whether history is fiction and the distinction between the past and history. Part two goes on to discuss the relationship between history and literature using case studies such as Virginia Woolf, Jonathan Littell on the rise and fall of Nazism, recent historians writing on the holocaust and the historical novel and a genre. Part three looks at television and film (as well as other media) through case studies such as the film Welcome to Sarajevo, the television series Doctor Who and Soviet and Australian films. The final part looks at a particular theme that has prominence in both history and literature, postcolonial studies, focusing on the issues of fictions of nationhood and civilization and the historical novel in postcolonial contexts.