Sep 18

A Journey through 20th Century Historical Fiction

Merrill Turner, Ph.D.

“The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there,” wrote L. P. Hartley in The Go-Between. The foreignness of the past has always held a particular fascination for novelists, and so this course will examine historical fiction as a way of getting at both the past and the present. We’ll briefly explore the roots of the genre before turning our attention to how the historical novel plays out in the twentieth century. Why does the past hold such an allure for modern and contemporary writers? In retelling familiar tales, what histories might they be revising?

Monthly Course Schedule | Wednesdays | 1 PM - 3 PM
September 18: Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
October 16: The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
November 20: The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald
December 11: How to be Both, by Ali Smith

This class will be held in-person at WIH and simulcast via Zoom



Class Tuition

40 in stock

Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.