Reality Effects: The Historical Novel and the Crisis of Fictionality in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century

Wilson, L.G. 2015. Reality Effects: The Historical Novel and the Crisis of Fictionality in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century. in: Bentley, N., Hubble, N. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) The 2000s: a decade of contemporary British fiction London Bloomsbury. pp. 145-171

Chapter titleReality Effects: The Historical Novel and the Crisis of Fictionality in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century
AuthorsWilson, L.G.
EditorsBentley, N., Hubble, N. and Wilson, L.G.
Abstract

This chapter looks at the assumptions made about the 'fictionality' of prose fiction implicit in the contemporary historical novel. In particular it argues that the recent historical novel has developed a set of 'reality effects' which appear to look back to modernist writing, but in fact work to secure a disguised referentiality in the face of a loss of faith in the fictional.

Keywordscontemporary novel, historical novel, reality effects, modernism
Book titleThe 2000s: a decade of contemporary British fiction
Page range145-171
Year2015
PublisherBloomsbury
Publication dates
Published22 Oct 2015
Place of publicationLondon
SeriesThe Decades Series: British Fiction
ISBN9781441112156

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