History and Art

Ann of bookwitch is struggling with a very difficult problem, a variation of one I’ve grappled with many times over the years — the historical fiction conundrum.  In a book about a time in history Ann knows well the author has changed things so that  “… what the adults did in the real event, has now been done exclusively by the children in the book.”    Is that okay?  Or is it not?  I’m going to be following the comments on this post closely.

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  1. I teach a course for Rutgers SC&I called “Female Voices in Historical Narratives.” One of the ideas we wrestle with is “Not all of it happened, but all of it is true.”

    Another is just the question you raise. There are no answers to this, but we honor the question, and in wrestling with it, we come up with some kind of truth. We hope.

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