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Temporal Systems in Representations of the Past: Distance, Freedom and Irony in Historical Fiction

Dalley, Hamish


A common response to the historical novel's blurring of the boundary between history and fiction is to search for something that distinguishes the two. A concept sometimes invoked is the idea of 'distance' - a spatial metaphor that names the conceptual separation between past and present assumed to be a precondition of historical understanding. Disciplinary history, the argument goes, depends on respecting the distance between the current-day researcher and his or her objects of inquiry....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Reading Historical Fiction: The Revenant and Remembered Past
DOI: 10.1057/9781137291547_3


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