The Historical Novel
Series Editor: John Drakakis
Routledge – 2010 – 200 pages
Series: The New Critical Idiom
The historical novel is an enduringly popular genre that raises crucial questions about key literary concepts, fact and fiction, identity, history, reading, and writing. In this comprehensive, focused guide, Jerome de Groot offers an accessible introduction to the genre and critical debates that surround it, including:
Drawing on a wide range of examples from across the centuries and around the globe The Historical Novel is essential reading for students exploring the interface of history and fiction.
Introduction 1. 'Origins': early manifestations and some definitions 2. 'Low' genre or sensational novels 3. High or Literary Fiction 4. Postmodernism and the Historical Novel 5. Challenging History History from the margins: colonial, sexual Glossary Further Reading
Jerome de Groot is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture at The University of Manchester. His publications include Consuming History (2008) and Royalist Identities (2004).