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Despite Susanna Clarke's ingenious writing, there have been only scarce attempts to introduce her novel into academic discourse and scholarly criticism.
It will focus on the representations of history in the novel and the way Clarke uses historical circumstances of the nineteenth century to develop her plot. There is literature about history novels, plays, poetry and history about literature. But there is more to it: in fact, some people interpret history as just another kind, or genre, of narration.
Both history and fictional stories have the same underlying structure of a narrative: they have a beginning, a middle and an end. History as well as stories have to make sense and come to a conclusion.
However, this is not the only aspect in which history and literature are overlapping. An example: historians know that Napoleon Buonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France in and that he initiated a series of war all over Europe and that he eventually was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and sent to St Helena in However, how it came to happen that way, how a boy from Corsica could become the most powerful man in Europe and how his power declined, historians do not know for certain.
Thus, history and literature are closer to each other than one would assume. But why should someone bother to compare history and literature in the first place?
Initially, literature and history belonged to the same branch of sciences for a long time cf. Hutcheon Poetics It was only in the nineteenth century when scholars decided that literature is fictional and history is truth. This view, however, is unwarrantable today. Now, theorists stress the close connection between history and fiction which is most of all informed through the actual subjectivity of both fields.
Modern historians argue that history can never be as objective as von Ranke claimed. The way in which historians perceive history is always subjective. Although they can read a quantity of primary sources and material, they will never achieve a full understanding of a given period in history, their view on the past is always subjectively informed through their character, interests, emotions etc.
In consequence, there will always be a difference between what happened and what is written about it. That means that texts about history, as they are, cannot be objective but are always subjectively informed through the narrative voice of the historian who has but a limited perspective on the events as he did not live them but only re-constructs them from contemporary sources.
In brief, what happened is that the signifier texts about history strongly differs from the signified history itself.
Apart from the subjective approach to history that cannot be avoided, the means by which historians confer their knowledge to the reader are also ambiguous. Those means, by nature are literary because historians have to employ words, phrases, metaphors, similes etc. Hayden White even goes so far as to classify historical writings as a narrative mode itself rather than the representation of truth cf. Using the literary, narrative mode in historical texts is controversial.
First, it hinders historians to convey an objective meaning, for the text is always influenced by their style of writing, emotions, interests and their character. The assumption that pure truth can be achieved is thus no longer valid. But on the other hand, the literary mode is the only means to bring the content closer to the reader and to inform about past events.
Therefore, 'history' and 'story' cannot be used synonymously. History, thus can be seen as nothing but a story or narration, but there is always the notion of reality, of a representation of truth that is connected to history whereas literary fiction knows no constraints whatsoever. The author of fictional texts, however, can play with the idea that history and the world of literature are close to each other.
This idea influenced a lot of historical narratives, like Shakespeare's historical plays e. The footnotes are not horrendous. You click on the little number and it takes you to that footnote, which as I recall is really one of a series of endnotes at the end of the chapter.
Clicking "back" takes you to the point at which you departed from the text to go read the note. I agree that the book is quite slow-going in the beginning, but it does pick up as it goes along and I actually found it pretty engrossing as in, didn't want to put it down by the end. Give it another shot, says me.
I was enjoying it when I read it before. I think I had gotten through most of the slow bit at the beginning. It's just that I got home and other stuff caught my attention. I might check out the Kindle version. I am still taking suggestions of other books I will check out the Lev Grossman books too. A Game of Thrones , the Liaden Universe series i.
Agent of Change , and the Kingkiller series i. The Name of the Wind. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell isn't so much like the other series you mentioned as these are, but it is like The Magicians. I can't recommend this enough.
I hope this author writes more in the same world! I couldn't put it down. I haven't stayed up late to read in a long time. I was completely engrossed. Like 1 like DPLheather Apr 11, If you love fantasy, and you haven't read this one, you must add it to your list to read. Absolutely captivating story of what the power of magic can do, good and evil, in an alternate England. Don't miss the footnotes!!