Emotional histories and historical emotions: Looking at the past in historical novels

Pinto, Sarah (2010) Emotional histories and historical emotions: Looking at the past in historical novels. Rethinking History, 14 2: 189-207. doi:10.1080/13642521003710748

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Author Pinto, Sarah
Title Emotional histories and historical emotions: Looking at the past in historical novels
Journal name Rethinking History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-2529
1470-1154
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/13642521003710748
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 189
End page 207
Total pages 19
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For anyone interested in the past and its representation, historical novels are difficult to ignore. Unlike a multitude of other alternative representations of the past that have been brought into historical view, however, historical novels have been largely excluded from scholarly historical analysis. Although historians might find historical novels fascinating, might read them voraciously, might teach courses on or around them, and might even write them while on sabbaticals, this engagement is not reflected in the pages of their work. Taking Kate Grenville's controversial Australian novel The secret river (2005) as a case study, this article considers the emotional ways in which historical novels make sense of their pasts, offering a methodological way forward in the historical analysis of the genre.
Keyword Historical novels
Historical fiction
Emotion
The secret river
Melancholy
Australian history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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