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Subject's code : 24413108
1.1. Introduction to the critical debate on the nature of history and its relationship with literature.
1.2. Types of postmodern historical novels.
2.1. The linguistic turn. The narrativisation of history: questions of representation, referentiality and thruthfulness.
2.2. Facts and their intepretation: challenging historical positivism. Hayden White and his theory on “The historical text as literary artefact” (1978).
2.3. Form creating meaning: structuring the events in a narrative, temporal order, narrative voice, focalization, etc. The politics of the point of view.
3.1. Definition and main features. Self-reflexivity and historiographic reflection.
3.2. Restating history and exposing its untruthfulness. The relationship between fiction and reality.
4.1. The recovery of history: decentring, diversity and perspectivism. The politics of micro-stories vs. macro-story or “The Great Story”.
4.2. Revisiting and recovering the past from the excluded versions of history and the culturally marginalised: literary re-writings and traumas’ upwelling.