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Fictions of History

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the concept of ‘fictions of history’, which is shown in the last part of Piers Plowman. The action shown loosely follows the order of history, i.e. the history of salvation. ... More


Castle Rackrent

W.J. Mc Cormack

in Ascendancy and Tradition in Anglo-Irish Literary History from 1789 To 1939

Published in print:
1985
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128069
eISBN:
9780191671630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128069.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses Castle Rackrent, an Irish novel by Maria Edgeworth which illustrates the history of Anglo-Irish fiction and the reflective qualities of a literary history. Besides disclosing ... More


‘ICH STERBE, WEIL ICH DICH LIEBTE’ CONVENTIONAL WASTING IN FICTION BY WOMEN, 1770–1914

ANNA RICHARDS

in The Wasting Heroine in German Fiction by Women 1770-1914

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199267545
eISBN:
9780191708398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267545.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines fiction by women in which the depiction of women's illness reinforces medical and popular stereotypes of female fragility and/or fulfils a conservative narrative function, while ... More


The Golden Ghetto and the Glittering Parentheses: The Once and Future Benjamin Sisko

André M. Carrington

in Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816678952
eISBN:
9781452954370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678952.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter appraises Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a critical intervention into science fiction’s history. Employs theories of adaptation in literature, film, and television to contextualize a ... 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


Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics

Gavin Parkinson (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381434
eISBN:
9781781382387
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381434.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

As well as examining the points of contact and the differences and antagonisms that lie between Surrealism and SF, this collection is concerned with the related literature of comics, which were ... More


Fantasies of flight and flights of fancy: rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The publication of The Plot Against America (2004) was attended with more fanfare and controversy than any of Philip Roth's books since Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Just as Portnoy had been heralded ... More


Persistence of Fiction: One Hundred Years of Tom Sawyer at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home

Hilary Iris Lowe

in Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042374
eISBN:
9780813043494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042374.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Hilary Iris Lowe begins this volume with an examination of literary tourism in her essay on the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Lowe argues that until recently, the town’s ... More


“Brother: Is This Truth?”: History, Fiction, and Colonialism in Faulkner’s Mississippi

Katherine M. B. Osburn

in Faulkner and the Native South

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496818096
eISBN:
9781496818133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496818096.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This essay approaches Faulkner’s stories about Mississippi Indians from the perspective of a historian of the Native South. It discusses shifting ideas about the role of narrative in historical ... More


Reading Nazi Memory in Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones

Debarati Sanyal

in Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265473
eISBN:
9780823266722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265473.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The chapter gives a reading of Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (2006), a historical novel that revisits the archive of Holocaust testimony through the memory of a fictional perpetrator. It frames ... More


Vulgar Italian and the Elizabethan Short Story

Neil Rhodes

in Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198704102
eISBN:
9780191822568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198704102.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Early in the sixteenth century, Italy came to represent the cultural vanguard in Europe both in terms of new ideas and in offering a literary model of the vernacular. English visitors to Italy such ... More


Introduction

Eitan P. Fishbane

in The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780199948635
eISBN:
9780190885489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199948635.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first chapter sets the stage for the broader project of the book; it begins with the idea that the Zohar may be approached as a classic of literary art, probing how the term “classic” has been ... More


RFFA Writing Life

Tom Dunne

in Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198748274
eISBN:
9780191810930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748274.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This essay analyses R. F. Foster’s published work, against a background of family, education, and academic career, and the wider sweep of Irish history. It also relates his writings and this ... More


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