Event Date:25 February 2016
Management Building Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway University of London
Public History and Fiction
The relationship between history and fiction has been hotly debated, but with the rising popularity of historical non-fiction books and academic historians pursuit of greater public engagement with their published research, the shifting borderlands between ‘factual’ and ‘fictional’ accounts are becoming ever more flexible. This event seeks to explore not only the limits of representation of the past but its presentation in a form that informs, entertains and immerses readers in a period to stimulate their imagination. It also raises questions about what it means to enjoy reading about the past and asks is having fun historical engagement?’
Introduction by Dr Nicola Phillips (Kingston/RHUL):
Dr Jerome de Groot (Manchester) – Enjoying Historical Fiction
Sarah Dunant (author) – Historical Fiction: History and the imagination. Why knock it?
Stella Tillyard (author) – Opera and the Historical Novel: What can historical novels do?