Archives and Interpretation: A Historian's Perspective on Researching and Writing Fiction (and Non-Fiction)
Fiction— especially historical fiction— represents an alluring yet challenging prospect for historians. Works of fiction that engage with historical events and figures can enlighten and entertain, but they can also disappoint and mislead. What does a professional historian bring to the writing of fiction that is distinct from other authors? What can historians learn from writers of fiction that might help them in their academic research and writing?
This is the fourth talk of the UBC History Department's Colloquium Series 2017 - 2018, Histories on the Edge.
About the Presenter
Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and medicine from antiquity to the present at the University of Southern California - Dornsife. She is also a novelist. She is the author of the "All Souls" Trilogy, which consists of A Discovery of Witches, and its sequels, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life.