Nineteenth-Century Historical Fiction Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Butterfield, H. The Historical Novel: An Essay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924, 113 p.

Analyzes the relationship between the writing of historical novels and the study of history.

Cahalan, James M. Great Hatred, Little Room: The Irish Historical Novel. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1983, 240 P.

Traces the development of the genre in Ireland and provides analysis of Sir Walter Scott's influence on Irish historical fiction.

Chapman, Raymond. The Sense of the Past in Victorian Literature. Beckenham: Croom Helm, 1986, 212 p.

Discusses the depiction of English history in Victorian literature.

Dekker, George. The American Historical Romance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987, 376 p.

Provides an in-depth study of the American historical romance including discussion on regionalism, the role of the hero and heroine, and historical romances of the South.

Fleishman, Avrom. The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1971, 262 p.

Analyzes the history and criticism of English historical fiction from the birth of the genre through the twentieth century.

Henderson, Harry. Versions of the Past: the Historical Imagination in American Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974, 344 p.

Offers a detailed analysis of American historical fiction.

Kerr, James. Fiction against History: Scott as Storyteller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989, 142 p.

Examines the relationship between fiction and history in Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels.

Lukács, Georg. The Historical Novel. Translated by Hannah and Stanley Mitchell. London, Merlin Press, 1962, 363 p.

Theoretical examination of the genre from a Marxist viewpoint emphasizing the impact of social and economic developments on historical fiction.

Mizruchi, Susan L. The Power of Historical Knowledge: Narrating the Past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988, 313 p.

Analyzes "the problem of history" in American literature and historiography and discusses the role of history in the works of Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser.

Petrey, Sandy. Realism and Revolution: Balzac, Stendhal, Zola, and the Performances of History. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988, 211 p.

Discusses works of Balzac, Stendhal, and Zola as representative of the French realist novel.

Urey, Diane Faye. The Novel Histories of Galdós. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988, 267 p.

Discusses the historical novels, known as episodios nacionales, of Spain's Benito Pérez Galdós.

White, Hayden. "Four Kinds of Realism in Nineteenth-Century Historical Writing." In Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973, 448 p.

Analyzes historical realism as romance, comedy, tragedy, and satire, based on the views of four historians, including Alexis de Tocqueville.