CFP: Special Issue on ‘Exploring Contemporary Historical Fiction’
These questions are even more relevant at a time when the fallibility of historical narratives as means of representing the past – as well as the problems surrounding the notion of historical truth – are no longer under question. In addition, postmodern theory has also taught us to be distrustful of narratives that attempt to reproduce the real in a seemingly accurate fashion. Yet, contemporary historical fiction seems more intent than ever on doing just that: abandoning the overtly disruptive strategies of historiographic metafiction, it chooses instead traditional forms of narration that attempt to reproduce the past realistically. As a result, this new type of faux historical realism, also called ‘neo-historical’ fiction, runs the risk of pandering to the nostalgic desires of contemporary culture, apparently offering an easy escape into a refashioned past, away from the realities of an increasingly complex present. It also makes its potential for challenging the latter a lot more difficult to discern. This special issue therefore welcomes contributions that consider the motives of this type of contemporary historical fiction, the purpose it might serve, and whether it can in fact deliver the potential for change promised by more experimental forms of historical fiction.
- – contemporary historical fiction
- – neo-historical fiction
- – postcolonial historical novel
- – historical fiction for a global present
- – queering the past in contemporary historical fiction
- – historical fiction and trauma/war narrative
- – neo-Victorian literature
Manuscript Submission Information:
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