History and fiction

This seminar probes the boundaries and relationship between history and fiction through the eyes of three practitioners. History is never completely knowable: does this mean reasonable speculation is an essential tool of historical work? Academic historians have long been encouraged to engage their imaginations in reconstructing and understanding the past. Does this differ from the work of historical fiction? If so how? Are they simply complementary approaches to grasping the truths of past human societies? How do writers of historical fiction conceptualise and perform their work of researching and creating characters, explaining events, and weaving narratives? We will hear from three accomplished authors working across different historical periods and places, and using different literary forms:

Dr Linda Weste is an award-winning poet and author, and tutor in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Melbourne. Her book Nothing Sacred: A novel in verse, explores late Republican Rome.

Dr Kelly Gardiner is a writer of historical fiction for readers all ages, and lecturer in creative writing at La Trobe University. Her works traverse many periods and settings, ranging from the WWI fields of Flanders in 1917, her most recent book for young readers, to the world of 17th-century opera in Goddess.

Dr Ali Alidazeh is an accomplished author of both fiction and non-fiction, and a lecturer in literary theory and creative writing at Monash University. His most recent novel, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, was published in 2017.

The seminar will be convened by Dr Kathleen Neal who lectures in history at Monash University and is a member of the Board of the History Council of Victoria.

The audience at this seminar will have the opportunity to present their own insights and to ask questions of the panellists.

Please book your seat at this free event by clicking the RSVP button at the foot of this page.

With thanks to the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

and the organising partners:

Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

WHEN
August 28, 2018 at 6pm - 7:30pm
WHERE
Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Australia
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CONTACT
Margaret Birtley · · 0418 814 957
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Lucy Bracey Yana Ostapenko Hannah Viney Katherine Sheedy Alison Foley Dee White Caroline Hutton Jennifer Lord Pauline Rothberg Fiona Hanlon Barbara Paterson Mary Clark Ray Jelley Mary Sheehan Jennifer Sach Louis Kleeblatt Grace O'Donnell prudence Trinca Jennifer Mackenzie Judy Peters Monica Cronin Abigail Belfrage Kylie Best Clare Larman Kitty Owens Tara Oldfield

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Lucy Bracey
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Hannah Viney
Katherine Sheedy
Alison Foley
Dee White
Caroline Hutton
Jennifer Lord
Pauline Rothberg
Fiona Hanlon
Barbara Paterson
Mary Clark
Ray Jelley
Mary Sheehan
Jennifer Sach
Louis Kleeblatt
Grace O'Donnell
prudence Trinca
Jennifer Mackenzie
Judy Peters
Monica Cronin
Abigail Belfrage
Kylie Best
Clare Larman
Kitty Owens

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