Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Cultures Anglophones, UMR 8225


Université Paris Diderot- uspc


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Theoretical and Ideological Issues in Historical Fiction

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This opening conference aims at taking stock of the current reflection on historical fiction, a genre that is often discounted because it is considered as commercial and popular, primarily aiming at entertainment and devoid of scientific foundation. However, since its emergence in the 19th century with the first historical novels, its popularity has not waned, and in fact is stronger than ever today with new formats such as films, TV shows and electronical games. In the world of today, historical fiction reaches millions of people to whom they provide their main access, and often their only access, to an awareness of the past. Because historical fiction decisively contributes to the way historical knowledge spreads, we need to probe the theoretical and ideological issues raised by this new phenomenon.

Responsables : Laurence Cros and Marie-Jeanne Rossignol

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