Remaking History : The Past in Contemporary Historical FictionsMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: : Taylor and Francis, 2015Description: 1 online resource (247 p.).ISBN: 9781317436188.Subject(s): Historical fiction -- History and criticism | History in literature | Literature and historyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Remaking History : The Past in Contemporary Historical FictionsDDC classification: 809.3/81 | 809.381 LOC classification: PN3441 .D44 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; FIGURES; Acknowledgements; Permissions; Introduction: Perverting history; Part I: Ethics, politics, and nationalism; 1 Reading and ethics; Trusting the historical novel; Wolf Hall and the 'double effect' of historical fiction; Historical fiction and ethics; War, blood, guts: Combat and violence in mass-market novels; 2 Challenging national histories; Discussion and origins: Jimmy's Hall; Disrupting pioneer myths: The Western; This Is England; Mad Men and the illusions of History; Part II: Haunting, ghostliness, and the undead
3 The materiality of the pastSmoking, pastness, and memory in historical film and television; Pursuing smoke; Smoking in Mad Men; Rings as things and non-things; Remnants and mourning; 4 The problem of time and the return of the dead; Horrible history; Shuffling into history: Zombies; Humanness and temporality: The vampire; Modern times; Time and magic and narrative: Hugo; Part III: Pleasure, affect, and performance; 5 Pleasure and desire; Enjoying popular history; Downton Abbey, escapism, and passivity; Costume and the self-conscious pleasure of the text; Misery programming
Laughing at the pastLost in Austen, the gaze, and the pleasures of the text; Historical exploitation; 6 Performance and affect; The Red Riding Trilogy, smoke, ethics, and performance; Anne Boleyn, drag history, and the body of the past; Hunger: Authenticity and abjection; Conclusions; Index
<P><EM>Remaking History </EM>considers the ways that historical fictions of all kinds enable a complex engagement with the past. Popular historical texts including films, television and novels, along with cultural phenomena such as superheroes and vampires, broker relationships to 'history', while also enabling audiences to understand the ways in which the past is written, structured and ordered.</P><P></P><P>Jerome de Groot uses examples from contemporary popular culture to show the relationship between fiction and history in two key ways. Firstly, the texts pedagogically contribute to the hi
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