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Canadian Historical Writing

Reading the Remains

Authors: Hulan, R.

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Canadian Historical Writing presents an archaeology of contemporary Canadian historical writing within the theory and practice of historiography. Drawing on international debates within the fields of literary studies and history, the book focuses on the roles played by time, evidence, and interpretation in defining the historical.

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Renée Hulan is the Chair of the Department of English at Saint Mary's University, Canada.

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"A very timely and welcome contribution to current discussions about the representation of Canadian history. Hulan lucidly integrates theoretical and material aspects of archival research. Her analysis of writers' uses of textual and oral records and their creation of fictional documents, alongside close examination of the writers' own archives, casts fresh light on the different strategies developed by a wide range of late twentieth-century literary authors to narrate the past." - Carole Gerson, Professor of English, Simon Fraser University, Canada

"Hulan practices deeply what should be the first rule of all interdisciplinary scholarship: respect the disciplines we make contact with. Hulan ponders the odd presentism of literary scholarship about historical fiction and its lack of interest in the responses of contemporary historians after Hayden White. In this book, she remedies both deficits and produces a study that changes the conversation about the 'historical turn' in Canadian fiction." - Lorraine York, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Canada

"Impressively researched and firmly grounded in a sophisticated understanding of the dramatic shifts in historiography and historical fiction over the last four decades, Hulan challenges literary critics in Canada and elsewhere to see historical fiction through new eyes by paying greater attention to the process of 'reading the remains.' Through extended investigations of the work of Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, and Armand Garnet Ruffo, Hulan restyles critical interpretation of historical fiction as a materialist enterprise and offers a timely call for a broader grounding in theories of history and for a more informed and nuanced critical practice." - Herb Wyile, Acadia University, Canada, author of Speculative Fictions: Contemporary Canadian Novelists and the Writing of History


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Canadian Historical Writing
Book Subtitle
Reading the Remains
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Renée Hulan
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39889-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137398895
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39888-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48562-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 196
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