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Reading Historical Fiction


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements 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 Bibliography Index

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HAMISH DALLEY Doctoral candidate, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the Australian National University HELEN GROTH Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales, Australia INGRID HANSON University of Sheffield, UK KARA MARLER-KENNEDY Doctoral candidate, English Department, Rice University, USA JON MEE Professor of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature and Print Culture, University of Warwick, UK FIONA PRICE Senior Lecturer in English, University of Chichester, UK MARY SPONBERG Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Australia ANNE H. STEVENS Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Nevada, USA DIANA WALLACE Professor of English Literature, University of Glamorgan, UK JAMES WARD Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature, University of Ulster, UK JULIAN WOLFREYS Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University, UK


'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

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