Truthful fictions : conversations with American biographical novelists
|Format:||Print Book 2014|
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In this new collection of interviews, some of America's most prominent novelists identify the key intellectual developments that led to the rise of the contemporary biographical novel, discuss the kind of historical 'truth' this novel communicates, indicate why this narrative form is superior to the traditional historical novel, and reflect on the ideas and characters central to their individual works.
These interviews do more than just define an innovative genre of contemporary fiction. They provide a precise way of understanding the complicated relationship and pregnant tensions between contextualized thinking and historical representation, interdisciplinary studies and 'truth' production, and fictional reality and factual constructions. By focusing on classical and contemporary debates regarding the nature of the historical novel, this volume charts the forces that gave birth to a new incarnation of this genre.
ContentsThe rise of the American biographical novel / Michael Lackey
Interviews. Fixed facts and creative freedom in the biographical novel / Julia Alvarez
The truth contract in the biographical novel / Russell Banks
Big revolutionary bangs in the biographical novel / Madison Smartt Bell
Building the imaginative record with the biographical novel / M. Allen Cunningham
The biographical novel and the complexity of postmodern interiors / Michael Cunningham
Imagining a matrilineal history in the biographical novel / Anita Diamant
In the fog of the biographical novel's history / Bruce Duffy
Sensualizing and contextualizing historical 'truth' in the biographical novel / Ron Hansen
The art of claiming power in the biographical novel / Sherry Jones
Feminist naming in the biographical novel / Rebecca Kanner
Re-composing a life in the biographical novel / Kate Moses
Enhanced symbolic interiors in the biographical novel / Joyce Carol Oates
The biographical novel's practice of not-knowing / Lance Olsen
Reflections on biographical fiction / Jay Parini
The masking art of the biographical novel / Joanna Scott
Gay interiors and the biographical novel / Edmund White.
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Biographical fiction, American
-- History and criticism.
Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Truth in literature.
Realism in literature.
Novelists, American -- 21st century -- Interviews.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews.
|Publisher|| New York :2014
|Other Titles|| Conversations with American biographical novelists
ix, 264 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-256) and index.