Speaker: Tracey Loughran (University of Cardiff)
Two historical novels focused on the experience of World War One form the basis for Tracey Loughran’s answer as to why historical fiction is popular. Regeneration by Pat Barker (1991) and Bird Song by Sebastian Faulks (1993) provide two opposing views on the popularity of the genre according to Loughran. One is safe, comfortable and predictable whilst the other provides the exotic and subversiveness. Can you guess which one is which?