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The Postcolonial Historical Novel

Realism, Allegory, and the Representation of Contested Pasts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Epistemologies of Historical Realism

  3. Allegories of Settlement

  4. Narrating Transnational Histories

  5. Melancholy Realisms

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-226

About this book


The Postcolonial Historical Novel is the first systematic work to examine how the historical novel has been transformed by its appropriation in postcolonial writing. It proposes new ways to understand literary realism, and explores how the relationship between history and fiction plays out in contemporary African and Australasian writing.


Africa African Appropriation bibliography dialectic fiction gender history of literature knowledge novel poetics realism settlement settler writing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Daemen CollegeAmherstUSA

About the authors

Hamish Dalley is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Daemen College, Amherst, New York, USA. His research focuses on historical representation and literary form in various branches of postcolonial fiction.

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