ELCS6024 - Representing History
Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor: Dr Lucia Rinaldi
Teaching structure: The module will include seminars and extensive small group discussion work.
Assessment: 3 hour desk examination.
This module will focus on the relationship between history and literature and, in particular, the manner in which historical events have been perceived, reconstructed and depicted in fictional texts. The birth and development of the ‘historical novel’ will be analysed and theoretical material on narrative discourse and historical representation will be examined. A representative and canonical range of fictional works from a number of European literatures concerned with representing historical events will be studied while we will be also engaging with historiographical and literary criticism surrounding these works.
Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:
- Stendhal, The Chartreuse de Parme (1839).The Charterhouse of Parma, (Penguin, 2006).
- Calvino, Italo, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (1947). The Path to the Spiders' Nest (any unabridged edition).
- Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe, Il gattopardo (1958). The Leopard (Vintage, 2007).
- Ackroyd, Peter, Hawksmoor (Penguin, 1985)
Initial Secondary Bibliography:
- De Groot, Jerome, The Historical Novel (Routledge, 2010)
- Hutcheon, Linda and Valdés, Mario J (eds), Rethinking Literary History: A Dialogue on Theory (Oxford University Press, 2002)
- Morris, Pam, Realism (Routledge, 2003)
- Shaw, Henry E., The Forms of Historical Fiction: Sir Walter Scott and his Successors, (Cornell University Press, 1983)
- Lukács, György, The historical novel [translated from the German by Hannah and Stanley Mitchell] (London: Merlin , 1962)
- White, Hayden, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (John Hopkins University Press, 1987) [selected chapters]
- White, Hayden, Metahistory: the Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975).