Not Just the Past, but History: Researcher-Historian Characters in Canadian Postmodern Historical Fiction

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Title: Not Just the Past, but History: Researcher-Historian Characters in Canadian Postmodern Historical Fiction
Authors: Andrews, Katherine Jean
Date: 2014
Abstract: Since the mid-1980s, the study of Canadian postmodern historical fiction has been dominated by Linda Hutcheon’s “historiographic metafiction.” Emphasizing historiography and textuality, critics of historiographic metafiction have flattened the past to text and image, inadvertently severing its active connection with the present and removing it from historical process. This is problematic for the ideological intentions of the texts in question because it is an awareness of the past/present dialectic that incites awareness that present action can lead to future change. This thesis, therefore, examines three novels that have overwhelmingly been viewed as historiographic metafiction for their inclusion of researcher-historian characters: Findley’s The Wars, Bowering’s Burning Water, and Marlatt’s Ana Historic. By opening up these texts to criticism that acknowledges history as process, I demonstrate that there is no need to limit these novels to this problematic framework and that researcher-historian characters are valuable for more than their foregrounding of historiography.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/31696
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6636
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