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This essay examines the ways in which historical fiction can be utilized to highlight the experiences of marginalized and subordinate people. The essay focuses on three historical novels that centralize and celebrate the experiences of marginalized figures by reimagining and rewriting history. The historical novels covered are Elizabeth Fremantle’s Sisters of Treason (2014), Susan Fletcher’s Witch Light (2010) and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (2016). The three novels are substantially different due to the fact that they cover the experiences of different types of marginalized people from different countries and different time periods. However, they all highlight the experiences of women as marginalized figures, and they can be seen as serving a common purpose as they challenge dominant accounts of history.
The essay discusses the historical novel and historical fiction in general. A brief overview is given of how the historical novel as a genre is defined, as well as of how it has developed over time. Moreover, the resurgence of interest in the historical novel is discussed, especially in regard to women’s historical fiction. The essay discusses the historical background of each novel to some extent, providing readers with the necessary information for putting the novels into context. Firstly, Tudor fiction and women’s interest in Tudor fiction is examined prior to the discussion of Sisters of Treason. Secondly, witch persecution in Early modern Europe and the Massacre of Glencoe are covered before delving into Witch Light. Lastly, slave narratives and neo-slave narratives, along with a short coverage of the transatlantic slave trade are discussed prior to the analysis of The Underground Railroad.
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