Narrative is the Essence of History: The History of the Historical Novel

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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This roundtable will explore the genre of historical fiction. Topics include: reception; historical context; historiographic and literary theory; fact and
fiction; reappraisal of those who have not received their critical due; "serious" and "popular" historical fiction; recent subgenres within historical fiction, etc.
What is the essence of historical fiction? Why does it continue to be such a popular and resilient genre? What is its history? What is its future? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts (MSWord) to Jackie Cameron at