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Adamson, Lynda G. World historical fiction: an annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx, 1999.

Albright, Richard S. “No time like the present: the mysteries of Udolpho.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 5, no. 1 (2005): 49-75.  BBIH

Baker, Ernest Albert. History in fiction. A guide to the best historical romances, sagas, novels, and tales. English fiction. (American and foreign fiction.). London, 1907.

Beasley, Peta. “Transporting genres: Jane Porter delivers the historical novel to the Victorians.” In Victorian traffic: identity, exchange, performance. Thomas, Sue (ed), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008, p. 213-227.  BBIH

Bennett, Douglas M. “The ‘real’ ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ & the‘fake’ Walter Scott.” History Scotland 9, no. 1 (2009): 30-34.  BBIH

Boccardi, Mariadele. The contemporary British historical novel representation, nation, empire. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.  BBIH

Boehm, Beth A. “Nostalgia to amnesia: Charles Dickens, Marcus Clarke and narratives of Australia’s convict origins.” Victorian Newsletter 109 (2006): 9-14.  BBIH

Brown, Joanne. “Historical Fiction or Fictionalized History?” The ALAN Review 26, no. 1 (1998).

Browne, Ray B. and Lawrence A Kreiser. The detective as historian history and art in historical crime fiction. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2000.

Buckley, John Anthony. A guide to British historical fiction. London: G. G. Harrap & company, 1912.

Burstein, Miriam Elizabeth. “Emily Sarah Holt and the evangelical historical novel: Undoing Sir Walter Scott.” In Clio’s daughters: British women making history, 1790-1899.  Felber, Lynette (ed), Newark (DE): University of Delaware Press, 2007, p. 153-178  BBIH

———. “The fictional afterlife of Anne Boleyn: How to do things with the queen, 1901-2006.” Clio [Fort Wayne, IN] 37, no. 1 (2007): 1-26.  BBIH

Butterfield, Herbert. The historical novel. An essay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924.

Byatt, A. S. On histories and stories selected essays. London: Vintage, 2001.  BBIH

Cahalan, James M. “Great hatred, little room” the Irish historical novel. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1983.  BBIH

Casey, Maud. “The secret history: the power of imagined figures in historical fiction.” Literary Imagination 12, no. 1 (2010): 54-67.

Champ, James. “The uncertainties of writing a historical novel.” The National, 20/10/2010. 

Collins, Stephen. “Guy Fawkes in Manchester: The world of William Harrison Ainsworth.” The Historian [London] 88 (2005): 34-37.  BBIH

Dickinson, A.T. Jr., The American historical fiction. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1958.

Diamond, Michael. “From journalism and fiction into politics.” In G.W.M. Reynolds: nineteenth-century fiction, politics, and the press. Humpherys, Anne; James, Louis (eds),  The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, p. 91-97.  BBIH

Dunant, Sarah. “Historical fiction is the genre of the moment – Times Online, 11/6/2010. 

Faries, Randolph. Ancient Rome in the English novel a study in English historical fiction. Philadelphia, 1923.

Ferguson, Stuart. “The imaginative construction of historical character: What Georg Lukács and Walter Scott could tell contemporary novelists.” Scottish Studies Review 6, no. 2 (2005): 32-48.  BBIH

Fleishman, Avrom. The English historical novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1971.

Forrester, James, “The lying art of historical fiction.” The Guardian blog 6/8/2010.

Fraser, Hilary. “Writing the past.” In The Cambridge companion to English literature, 1830-1914. Shattock, Joanne, (ed), Cambridge companions to literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 108-126.  BBIH

Garrett, Erin L. Webster. “The politics of ambivalence: Romance, history, and gender in Mary W. Shelley’s Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck.” Clio [Fort Wayne, IN] 37, no. 1 (2007): 49-68.  BBIH

De Groot, Jerome. The historical novel. London; Routledge, 2010.

Henderson, Harry B. Versions of the past: the historical imagination in American fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.

Hilton, Lisa, Historical Novel Writing: Throwing open the shutters.  History Today, December 2010, vol. 60, Issue 12

Hoberman, Ruth. Gendering classicism the ancient world in twentieth-century women’s historical fiction. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press, 1997.

Hodge, Jane Aiken. The private world of Georgette Heyer. London: Arrow, 2006.

Jack, Malcolm. “Edutainment: Is there a role for popular culture in education?” The Independent, 15/1/2010.

Johnson, Sarah L. Historical fiction a guide to the genre. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

———. Historical fiction II a guide to the genre. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.

———. “What are the rules for historical fiction?” 2002.

Kaplan, Cora. Victoriana histories, fictions, criticisms. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

Kaufman, Peter Iver. “‘Dis-Manteling’ More [Saint Thomas More].” Moreana 47, no. 179-80 (2010): 165-193.  BBIH

Keen, Suzanne. “The historical turn in British fiction.” In A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction. James F. English (ed). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2005, p. 167-197

Knapp, Peggy A. “Barry Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger: History and Utopia.” Clio [Fort Wayne, IN] 38, no. 3 (2009): 319-337.  BBIH

Lascelles, Mary. The story-teller retrieves the past historical fiction and fictitious history in the art of Scott, Stevenson, Kipling, and some others. Oxford: Clarendon Press; 1980.  BBIH

Lavery, Brian, and Geoff Hunt. The frigate Surprise: the complete story of the ship made famous in the novels of Patrick O’Brian. London: Conway, 2008.  BBIH

Ledger-Lomas, Michael. “First-century fiction in the late nineteenth century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 31, no. 1 (2009): 59-72.  BBIH

Lee, Robert. “Rethinking history: blurring the edges.” Rethinking History 14, no. 1 (2010): 91-118.

Leisy, Ernest Erwin. The American historical novel. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950.

Letter, Joseph. “Past presentisms: Suffering soldiers, Benjaminian ruins, and the discursive foundations of early U.S. historical novels.” American Literature, 82, no. 1 (2010): 29-55.

Lepore, Jill. “Just the facts, ma’am: Fake memoirs, factual fictions, and the history of history.” The New Yorker, 24/3/2008.

Levin, David. In defense of historical literature: Essays on American history, autobiography, drama and fiction, New York: Hill and Wang, 1967.

Light, Alison. “‘Young Bess’: Historical novels and growing up.” Feminist Review, no. 33 (1989): 57-71.

London, April. Literary history writing, 1770-1820. Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism, and the cultures of print. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.  BBIH

Mack, Ruth. Literary historicity: literature and historical experience in eighteenth-century Britain. Stanford (CA): Stanford University Press, 2009.  BBIH

Maitzen, Rohan Amanda. Gender, genre, and Victorian historical writing. New York: Garland, 1998.  BBIH

Mantel, Hilary. “Booker winner Hilary Mantel on historical fiction.” The Guardian 17/10/2009.

Margaronis, Maria. “The anxiety of authenticity: Writing historical fiction at the end of the twentieth century.” History Workshop Journal 65, no. 1 (2008): 138 -160.

Marriot, John. English history in English fiction. London: Blackie, 1940

Maxwell, Richard. “The historical novel.” In The Cambridge companion to fiction in the Romantic period.  Trumpener, Katie, Maxwell, Richard (eds), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, p. 65-88.  BBIH

McEwan, Ian. “An inspiration, yes. Did I copy from another author? No” The Guardian, 27/11/2006.

McEwan, Neil. Perspective in British historical fiction today. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987.

McGarry, David and White, Sarah Harriman. Historical fiction guide: Annotated chronological, geographical, and topical list of five thousand selected historical novels, New York: Scarecrow Press, 1963.

McGreet, James. “Why we all love a Victorian murder.” The Guardian 15/5/2011. 

McLean, Thomas. “Nobody’s argument: Jane Porter and the historical novel.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, no. 2 (2007): 88-103.  BBIH

Miller, Lucasta. “The Booker prize’s historical novels aren’t living in the past”. Times Online

Mitchell, Kate. History and cultural memory in neo-Victorian fiction Victorian afterimages. New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Nolan, Emer. “Banim and the historical novel.” In The Irish novel in the nineteenth century: facts and fictions. Belanger, Jacqueline (ed), Dublin: Four Courts, 2005, p. 80-93.  BBIH

O’Reilly, Nathanael. “The Influence of Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang: Repositioning the Ned Kelly narrative in Australian popular culture.” Journal of Popular Culture 40, no. 3 (2007): 488-502.  BBIH

Orel, Harold. The historical novel from Scott to Sabatini changing attitudes toward a literary genre, 1814-1920. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995.

Owen, Tomos. “‘Never again stop the way of a Welshman’: Rioting and rebellion in Amy Dillwyn’s The Rebecca Rioter.” In Riots in literature. Bell, David, Porter, Gerald (eds). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008, p. 51-74.  BBIH

Palmer, Beth. “Are the Victorians still with us? Victorian sensation fiction and its legacies in the twenty-first century.” Victorian Studies 52, no. 1 (2009): 86-94.  BBIH

Pinto, Sarah. “Emotional histories and historical emotions: Looking at the past in historical novels.” Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 14, no. 2 (2010): 189.

Pittock, Murray, ed. The reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe. London: Continuum, 2006.

Rance, Nicholas. The historical novel and popular politics in nineteenth-century England. London: Vision Press, 1975.  BBIH

Reilly, Eileen. Fictional histories: an examination of Irish historical and political novels, 1880-1914. University of Oxford, 1997. [theses]

Reilly, Eileen. “Who fears to speak of  ’98? The rebellion in historical novels, 1880-1914.” Eighteenth-Century Life 22, no. 3 (1998): 118-127.  BBIH

Rhodes, Royal W. The lion and the cross early Christianity in Victorian novels. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1995.

Rozett, Martha Tuck. Constructing a world Shakespeare’s England and the new historical fiction. Albany: SUNY Press, 2002.

Saintsbury, George. The historical novel. London: J. M. Dent, 1895.

Sanders, Andrew. The Victorian historical novel, 1840-1880. London: Macmillan, 1978.  BBIH

———. “‘Utter indifference’?: the Anglo-Saxons in the nineteenth-century novel.” In Literary Appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the Thirteenth to the Twentieth Century. Scragg, Donald G., Weinberg, Carole (eds) Cambridge studies in Anglo-Saxon England 29. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 151-173  BBIH

Schäffner, Raimund. “The re-emergence of the Diggers: David Caute’s Comrade Jacob.” Literature & History 16, no. 1 (2007): 1-25.  BBIH

Schwebel S. L. “Historical Fiction and the Classroom: History and Myth in Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond.” Children’s Literature in Education 34, no.3, (2003): 195-218.

Sharps, Heather. “Regionalism in Victorian fiction in Yorkshire and Lancashire with particular reference to Sir James P. Kay-Shuttleworth’s novels.” Transactions of the Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society 105 (2009): 33-46.  BBIH

Shaw, Harry E. The forms of historical fiction Sir Walter Scott and his successors. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Sheppard, Alfred Tresidder. The art & practice of historical fiction. London: H. Toulmin, 1930.

Simmons, Clare A. Reversing the conquest history and myth in nineteenth- century British literature. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990.  BBIH

Speer, Roderick S. Byron and Scott: the Waverley novels and historical engagement. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2009.  BBIH

Stevens, Anne H. British historical fiction before Scott. Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism, and the cultures of print. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.  BBIH

Thom, James Alexander. “The art and craft of writing historical fiction.”  Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer’s Digest Books, 2010.

Tiernan, Sonja. “Tipping the balance with historical fiction: Tipping the Velvet as a lesbian feminist device.” Irish Feminist Review 1 (2005): 161-178.

Tyas, Shaun. “Historical novels and medieval lives.” In Recording medieval lives: proceedings of the 2005 Harlaxton Symposium. Boffey, Julia, Davis, Virginia (eds), Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 17. Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2009, p. 273-299  BBIH

Vaninskaya, Anna. “Dreams of John Ball: Reading the Peasants’ Revolt in the nineteenth century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 31, no. 1 (2009): 45-57.  BBIH

Wagner, Tamara S. “Mrs Hubback’s The Younger Sister: The Victorian Austen and the phenomenon of the Austen sequel”, n.d.

Wallace, Diana. The woman’s historical novel British women writers, 1900-2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.  BBIH

Walter, Natasha. “The seductions of the past – Arts & Entertainment – The Independent”, n.d.

White, Hayden. “Introduction: Historical fiction, fictional history, and historical reality.” Rethinking History 9, no. 2-3 (September 2005): 147-157.

White, Simon J. “Ivanhoe, Robin Hood and the Pentridge Rising.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 31, no. 3 (2009): 209-24.  BBIH

Whiting, B. J. “Historical novels 1949-1950.” Speculum 26, no. 2 (1951): 337-367.

Widdowson, Peter. “‘Writing back’: contemporary re-visionary fiction.” Textual Practice 20, no. 3 (2006): 491-507.

Wilson, A.N. “The best is history.” Financial Times 23/08/2010.




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