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Monica’s Talk and Blogs on HF

Some Links, Courtesy of Monica My Travels With Alice — talk she gave at a conference we both attended Blog posts

Finishing Up a Fun Week on HF, the Final Exam

So fellow seminarians, we’ve had — and I hope continue to have — a lively discussion. So for your final assay (consideration) and essay (if you want to write about it) here are a couple of extracts from the Pulitzer Prize winning historical novel March by Geraldine Brooks (which, by coincidence, Marina was reading just […]

Historical Fiction III

How Can I Use This With My Students? Every kind of book for K-12 readers lives an odd double life. It is a book like any adult book, but it can, or is built to be, or it can be turned into, a tool for education. The educational uses range from literacy in all its meanings […]

Historical Fiction Seminar Continued

Sticks and Stones: The N Word Your comments and Greenblatt’s article have helped focus what we want from HF: that "hallucination of presence." We’ve begun to explore, though, what is allowed in order to weave that spell, and what breaks it. In the Horn Book guide (which is called A Family of Readers — suggesting that […]

Historical Fiction Seminar

Lets Run This Like a Seminar, Not a Blog In other words, I am not here to state, first off, what I think, but to present to you the challenges Greenblatt’s essay poses to us — the community interested in books for younger readers. If any of you would like to respond with a post […]

Teach Your Children Well

A Beautiful Song, But I Think Our Job As Parents Has Changed (I promised to write about historical fiction and I will, but a couple of experiences this weekend made me feel I needed to explore this topic first). Remember the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song? Here is a linkto the lyrics as well […]

What Makes For Great Historical Fiction?

"The Hallucination of Presence" The same issue of the New York Review of Books with the Tim Garton Ash essay on 1989 included this review: Stephen Greenblatt, who is well known in the academic world as an authority on writing in Shakespeare’s time, reviews Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which won the highest literary prize […]


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Trouble With Feeds

If you, Like Mary, Could not get an RSS feed of this blog, the fault is ours. Apparently this is another system problem that is also effecting other sites, I will let you know once it has been fixed


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