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A unique and exciting introduction to the genre and craft of historical fiction, for curious students, aspiring authors--anyone with a passion for the past. Read classics of the genre, encounter bestselling writers of historical fiction, and discover your own historical archive while interacting with a global community of interested readers....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Course Roadmap

In this module Professor Holsinger poses a working definition of historical fiction and sets expectations for the course content and assignments....
Reading
2 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings
Video2 videos
How to Get the Most out of this Course8m
Reading2 readings
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

What is Historical Fiction?

In this module Professor Holsinger details the history of the historical fiction novel through the 18th and 19th centuries....
Reading
6 videos (Total 82 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
The Pre-History of Historical Fiction12m
From Archive to Novel12m
Differentiating fiction and history in the 18th and 19th century10m
A look at Sir Walter Scott and work of the 18th century12m
The global reach of the historical fiction genre21m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Is Historical Fiction?30m

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1 hour to complete

Poetry and Exile in Ancient Rome: Jane Alison

In this module author and professor Jane Alison interacts with the seminar class students of Professor Holsinger’s at UVa to discuss her experience writing “The Love Artist.”...
Reading
4 videos (Total 78 min)
Video4 videos
Using characters to set the set the historical context21m
An indepth look at the characters and story19m
Some challenges in historical fiction writing19m

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1 hour to complete

Two Centuries of Historical Fiction

This module reviews the history of historical fiction looking at major works and authors from the 18th and 19th century including The Leatherstocking Tales, William Wells Brown, and Charles Dickens....
Reading
4 videos (Total 60 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales (continued)15m
Brown's "Clotel": Slavery, Fiction, and a Founding Father14m
Dickens and the French Revolution: "A Tale of Two Cities"15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Two Centuries of Historical Fiction 24m

Instructor

Bruce Holsinger

Professor
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About University of Virginia

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