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, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 189-207, doi: 10.1080/13642521003710748.

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Title Emotional histories and historical emotions: looking at the past in historical novels
Author(s) Pinto, SarahORCID iD for Pinto, Sarah orcid.org/0000-0003-4455-696X
Journal name Rethinking History
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 207
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1364-2529
Keyword(s) Emotion
Melancholy
Historical novels
The Secret River
Australian history
Historical fiction
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13642521003710748
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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