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Title: ENGL 265-04, British Historical Fiction, Fall 2013
Authors: Leslie, Michael
Keywords: English, Department of;Syllabus;Academic departments;Text;Curriculum;2012 Fall
Issue Date: 22-Aug-2013
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN;14845
Abstract: Many of the greatest writers of fiction have turned to earlier historical periods for the setting of their stories. Why is that? What do they find compelling about imagining conflicts and adventures set in the past? What opportunities do writers find and why have readers responded so powerfully? Historical fiction has been looked down upon in some quarters, but at the moment the writer winning all the prizes, not just the sales, is Hilary Mantel, for her two (of an eventual three) novels about early 16th-century England. In this course we read a sample of historical fiction over three centuries, asking questions about style, plot, theme, and topic. Texts are Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year (1722); Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859); Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped (1886); Rudyard Kipling, short stories; and ending with Mantel′s Wolf Hall (2009).
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic by the course instructor. Uploaded by Lorie Yearwood.
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