Writing History as a Prophet

Postmodernist innovations of the historical novel

ISBN 9789027222121 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556194252 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027277602 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This is a postmodernist history of the historical novel with special attention to the political implications of the postmodernist attitude toward the past.
Beginning with the poetics of Sir Walter Scott, Wesseling moves via a global survey of 19th century historical fiction to modernist innovations in the genre.
Noting how the self-reflexive strategy enables a novelist to represent an episode from the past alongside the process of gathering and formulating historical knowledge, the author discusses the elaboration of this strategy, introduced by novelists such as Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, in the work of, among others, Julian Barnes, Jay Cantor, Robert Coover and Graham Swift. Wesseling also shows how postmodernist writers attempt to envisage alternative sequences for historical events. Deliberately distorting historical facts, authors of such uchronian fiction, like Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael R. Read, Salman Rushdie and Gunter Grass, imagine what history looks like from the perspective of the losers, rather than the winners.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Postmodernism and History
Some Theoretical Deliberations about Genre
The Classical Model of Historical Fiction
Modernist Experiments with the Historical Novel
Fiction Historical and Scientific
Self-reflexivity in Postmodernist Historical Fiction
Alternate Histories
Cited by

Cited by 21 other publications

No author info given
1992. Eingesandte Bücher. Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 66:1  pp. 220 ff. Crossref logo
Butter, Michael
2010.  In The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Crossref logo
Calvo‐Pascual, Mónica
2018. “The new children of the earth”. Orbis Litterarum 73:5  pp. 405 ff. Crossref logo
Childs, Peter
2012.  In The Cambridge History of the English Novel,  pp. 840 ff. Crossref logo
Cichocka, Marta E.
2019. La novela intrahistórica: entre la postmemoria y la pophistoria. Studia Iberystyczne 17  pp. 145 ff. Crossref logo
Cole, Richard
2020. Breaking the frame in historical fiction. Rethinking History 24:3-4  pp. 368 ff. Crossref logo
Craciunescu, Miruna
2017. Chassé croisé Lavocat/Ginzburg. Sens public Crossref logo
De Cristofaro, Diletta
2020.  In 21st Century US Historical Fiction,  pp. 229 ff. Crossref logo
Fludernik, Monika
2002. Book Review: Conversational Narrative. Storytelling in Everyday Talk. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 11:2  pp. 186 ff. Crossref logo
Frier, David G.
2003. Padre Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão: Inspiration forMemorial do Convento?. Romance Quarterly 50:1  pp. 56 ff. Crossref logo
Frijhoff, Willem
1996. Education's memory. Paedagogica Historica 32:sup1  pp. 339 ff. Crossref logo
Guignery, Vanessa
2006.  In The Fiction of Julian Barnes,  pp. 37 ff. Crossref logo
Guignery, Vanessa
2006.  In The Fiction of Julian Barnes,  pp. 61 ff. Crossref logo
Heyer-Caput, Margherita
2001. Arte e storia come “poiesis” al femminile neL'invenzione della veritàdi Marta Morazzoni. Italian Culture 19:1  pp. 67 ff. Crossref logo
Moody, Lisa
2006. Nineteenth-Century Narrative Techniques in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. South Asian Review 27:2  pp. 25 ff. Crossref logo
Nünning, Ansgar
1997. Crossing borders and blurring genres: Towards a typology and poetics of postmodernist historical fiction in England since the 1960s. European Journal of English Studies 1:2  pp. 217 ff. Crossref logo
Onega, Susana
1997. The mythical impulse in British historiographic metafiction1. European Journal of English Studies 1:2  pp. 184 ff. Crossref logo
Robinson, Alan
2011.  In Narrating the Past,  pp. 25 ff. Crossref logo
Wake, Paul
2016. ‘Except in the case of historical fact’: history and the historical novel. Rethinking History 20:1  pp. 80 ff. Crossref logo
2006. The Third Reich in Alternate History: Aspects of a Genre-Specific Depiction of Nazi Culture. The Journal of Popular Culture 39:5  pp. 878 ff. Crossref logo
Yegen, Ceren & B. Oğuz Aydın
2018. Postmodern Bir Kimlik Olarak Veganlık ve Bir Çevrimiçi Vegan Ağının Analizi. Galatasaray Üniversitesi İleti-ş-im Dergisi  pp. 91 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 11 april 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  91023204 | Marc record