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Nineteenth-Century Alternate-History Narratives

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0003
Subject:
History, Historiography

Alternate-history narratives differ from analytical uses of counterfactual history by developing elaborate plotlines from counterfactual premises. Instead of probing the moments of indeterminacy for ... More


Introduction: SF Authors Really Mean what they Say

Tom Shippey

in Hard Reading: Learning from Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382615
eISBN:
9781786945167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382615.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The four authors considered in this chapter are Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of representatives, Kingsley Amis, and (working in collaboration) Harry Harrison, and the author of this ... More


Historical Activism and the Alternate-America Novels

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter analyzes American alternate-history novels published in the last half of the twentieth century (beginning with Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee and ending with Harry Turtledove’s Guns of ... More


Racial Counterfactuals and the Uncertain Event of Emancipation

Mark C. Jerng

in Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823277759
eISBN:
9780823280544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter discusses alternate histories of the Civil War in relation to U.S. Equal Protection jurisprudence and race discrimination law. It shows how the racial counterfactual shapes what counts ... More


The Fictions of Nazi Britain

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0007
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter analyzes British narrative fictions (primarily but not exclusively novels) that are set in a world where Nazi Germany triumphed over Britain. The fictions often depict the destruction of ... More


Alternate History And The Presence of Other Presents: Virginia Woolf, Philip K. Dick and Christopher Nolan

Charles M. Tung

in Modernism and Time Machines

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474431330
eISBN:
9781474465045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431330.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter addresses the aesthetic exploration of historical alternatives by thinking about strange conceptions of historicity and the fantasy of alternate histories in three different texts: ... More


Introduction

Glyn Morgan and C. Palmer-Patel

in Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620139
eISBN:
9781789623765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620139.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction provides a summary of the genre’s literary history from its earliest roots to the contemporary novel, presenting important examples of alternate history literature from nineteenth ... More


Alternate Histories of World War II; or, How the Race Concept Organizes the World

Mark C. Jerng

in Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823277759
eISBN:
9780823280544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter analyzes Korematsu v. U.S. for the development of the legal doctrine of “strict scrutiny” and how it shapes racial perception. It then surveys alternate histories of World War II, ... More


Introduction: A Revealing Failure by the Critics

Tom Shippey

in Hard Reading: Learning from Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382615
eISBN:
9781786945167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382615.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Following on again from the previous chapter, this chapter focuses on the responses of mainstream reviewers to the two alternate histories written by Kingsley Amis, The Alteration (1976), and Russian ... More


Clockwork Counterfactuals: Allohistory and the Steampunk Rhetoric of Inquiry

John M. Mckenzie

in Clockwork Rhetoric: The Language and Style of Steampunk

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460919
eISBN:
9781626740532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460919.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Steampunk’s use of allohistorical tropes, including the reversal of hindsight bias and point of divergence tropes, to present a rhetoric of science and technology reflective ... More


Introduction

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

The introduction defines what is meant by historical counterfactuals and delineates the three major forms that they take: analytical counterfactual histories, alternate histories, and ... More


Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Catherine Gallagher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.001.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

Historical “what-if” scenarios abound in our current political, academic, legal, cultural, and literary discourses. This book reveals the origins and development of the counterfactual mode of ... More


Modernism and Time Machines

Charles M. Tung

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474431330
eISBN:
9781474465045
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Modernism and Time Machines places the fascination with time in canonical works of twentieth-century literature and art side-by-side with the rise of time-travel narratives and alternate histories in ... More


Afterword

C. Palmer-Patel and Glyn Morgan

in Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620139
eISBN:
9781789623765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620139.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The afterword sums up the conclusions made by the chapters in the collection. All the chapters demonstrate that – although there is a wide variety of alternate history narratives produced – these ... More


The Heterochronic Past and Sidewise Historicity: T. S. Eliot, Pablo Picasso and Murray Leinster

Charles M. Tung

in Modernism and Time Machines

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474431330
eISBN:
9781474465045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

At the beginning of the twentieth century, primitivism and paleomodernism appeared to reflect primarily those conditions out of which both modernism and SF have been shown to emerge: evolutionary and ... More


Between the Alternate and the Apocryphal: Religion and Historic Place in Aguilera’s La locura de Dios

Derek J. Thiess

in Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620139
eISBN:
9781789623765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620139.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores connections between two treatments of history in science fictional literature—the apocryphal history and the alternate history—as they deal with material place. Theorists ... More


Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction

Glyn Morgan and Charul Palmer-Patel (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620139
eISBN:
9781789623765
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620139.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book is the first collection of scholarly essays on alternate history in over a decade and features contributions from a mixture of major figures and rising stars in the field of science fiction ... More


Counterfactual Romanticism

Damian Walford Davies (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Introducing contingency and that which did not happen as necessary and revealing conditions both of Romanticism itself and of our critical relationship with it, Counterfactual Romanticism explores ... More


Sophia Lee’s The Recess and the epistemology of the counterfactual

Tilottama Rajan

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Focusing on Sophie Lee’s novel The Recess (1783–85), this chapter discusses the uncanny ‘folds’ of the actual and the virtual in Lee’s early alternate history novel of sixteenth-century Scotland and ... More


Conclusion: The End of History, Dystopia, and “New” Historical Novels?

Jeffrey C. Kinkley

in Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167680
eISBN:
9780231532297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167680.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This concluding chapter explains why Chinese new historical novels can be considered as postmodern. The serious dystopian outlook is itself a major factor linking these novels to modernism. The ... More


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