Novel approaches: from academic history to historical fiction - Does the success of historical fiction benefit or threaten academic history?

Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University/Historical Association)
Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary University of London)
Paul Lay (History Today)
Stella Tillyard (author and historian)

'Novel approaches' seeks to explore this phenomenon. It brings together a wide range of speakers, including academic and public historians, authors and publishers. They will be examining such questions as: Why have historical novels become 'respectable', and why anecdotally are historians being encouraged to write them? What is the difference between historical fiction and academic history, and how rigid are the boundaries between the two? How good are readers at differentiating between 'fact' and 'fiction' and how much does it matter if they don't? Does the success of historical fiction benefit or threaten academic history, and what can literary authors and academics learn from each other?

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Jackie Eales, Cora Kaplan, Paul Lay, Stella Tillyard
Event date: 
Friday, 18 November 2011 - 12:00am
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