This panel will explore the vexed relationship between history and literature. Papers might explore the historical connection between history and fiction or the separation between the two as history attempted to become scientific in the nineteenth century. Papers might also analyze the reunion of history and literature since Hayden White pointed to the literary devices historians use to construct their narratives. Other considerations might include the recent emergence of historiographic metafiction which asserts that novelists can explore the past as well as, or even better than, historians do. Panelist might present on the phobic reaction most historians have to the consideration that history and literature are closely related. Others might take up narrative theory to show the essential continuity between historical and novelistic narrative. The AHA conference is being held in New York City, January 2-5, 2009. The deadline for panel proposals is February 15, 2007.
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