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By E. Rousselot
This selection of essays is devoted to interpreting the hot literary phenomenon of the 'neo-historical' novel, a sub-genre of latest old fiction which significantly re-imagines particular sessions of heritage.
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Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are very much embedded in the sixteenth century, while simultaneously addressing current issues and contemporary concerns. And, in my opinion, this is precisely the Rosario Arias 29 trademark of Mantel’s neo-Tudor fiction. ). Cromwell is an individual very much felt and perceived in the novel, ‘he is a presence’, as he himself acknowledges (Mantel, 2012a, p. 163). ). ). Is this technique an exoticising strategy that Mantel uses in an attempt to preserve and represent the Tudor period for the twenty-first century?
3; original emphasis). Along similar lines, Dana Shiller states that, unlike previous authors of postmodern historical fiction, A. S. 540). It seems clear that recent criticism on historical fiction propitiates a move beyond reductionism, proved by the fact that contemporary historical narratives deploy a more nuanced approach to historical 22 Exoticising the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction recollection. 5). Following this line of enquiry, I seek to address how Mantel’s resurrection of sixteenth-century figures, and more pointedly Thomas Cromwell, who has remained in obscurity in historical records, seems to endorse a view of historicism that involves a dual approach, laying a claim to the past whilst showing current concerns.
While Vaneleigh’s victimisation is attributed to the failures of the British judiciary system, Queely’s victimisation is due to Hobart Town society. It is a sexual intrigue that viciously employs the penal system 42 Exoticising the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction to the best interest of those in power. The cross of divine redemption and truth is permanently tilted above Hobart Town in the shape of the snowy crevices on Mount Wellington (Porter, 1989, p. 9). 42), as on the palm of all humanity, evocative of a mark of original sin.
Exoticizing the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction by E. Rousselot