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HIU34519: History and Fiction

Can we use fiction to study history, and should we? What can we learn about history by studying the novel?  

  • Module Coordinator:
    • Dr Ciaran O'Neill
  • Duration:
    • Michaelmas term
  • Contact Hours:
    • 2 hours per fortnight
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (2 essays 40% and 60%)

This module involves the study of a range of literary styles in the genre of the short story and novel: contemporary realist fiction, historical novels, children’s literature, counter-factual narratives, even dystopian novels of the future. Literary works studied may include such works as Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817); Andrew Miller, Pure (2011); James Joyce, Dubliners (1914); Philip Roth, The Plot Against America (2005); George Egerton, Keynotes (1893); Kate Grenville, The Secret River (2004); Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003).