“Neither Fish nor Fowl:” An Exploration of Historical Fiction on the Basis of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

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“Neither Fish nor Fowl:” An Exploration of Historical Fiction on the Basis of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

Type: Master thesis
Title: “Neither Fish nor Fowl:” An Exploration of Historical Fiction on the Basis of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy
Author: de Bruijn, Babet
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Historical Fiction
Fantasy
All Souls Trilogy
Deborah Harkness
Witches
Vampires
Abstract: This thesis examines the debate surrounding the genre of historical fiction, taking on a postmodern view of historical writing. Subsequently, this thesis places Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy in this debate, which is a historical fantasy series. Through an analysis of Harkness' novels, in particular their fantastical elements and fantastical protagonist, this thesis concludes that history, fiction and fantasy are intertwined in the novels and therefore are able to appropriately fit together as subjects. The notion that these seemingly opposing elements are in fact quite alike undermines some critics' distinctively negative assessment on the genres of historical fiction and historical fantasy.
Supervisor: Akkerman, N.N.W.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Literary Studies (Master)
Specialisation: English Literature and Culture
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52610
 

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