This volume encourages readers to engage with plots based on historical events and characters in several ways. They may re-imagine history in cases where it is reconstructed; become better acquainted with history as it is personalized through specific characters; and, perhaps most importantly, even question historical fact. This volume considers fiction drawn from fact and the implications of interpreting and reinterpreting historical events.
In combination this volume’s chapters open wide a door to discussion of the importance and the joy of historical fiction for readers at all levels. They also invite readers to compare fictional presentations of “true” events and persons to that of traditionally understood historical narratives. Such consideration may result in a
clearer understanding of the nature of historical fiction on the part of readers and writers alike.
Readers will be introduced to concepts in historical fiction by the first four essays, all of which focus on Critical Context through exploration of historical nonfiction’s background, its critical reception, its view through a select critical lens, and via comparative analysis.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Some of the chapters challenge the audience’s concept of historical fiction and its effect on readers.
Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
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The design of this novel will satisfy the needs of the scholar and the nonscholar, teachers, parents, and common readers.