The Journal of Historical Fictions

JHF 2:2, 2019

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Lisa Maurice

From Elitism to Democratisation: A Half-Century of Hercules in Children’s Literature

This paper focuses on retellings of the Hercules myth for children, over a period of fifty years, showing how presentations of the myth for children have changed during this period, under the influence of changing ideas, and against the back-ground of the perception of the classical world as elitist. It demonstrates that although Hercules was originally depicted in a reverent manner, by the end of the twentieth century a change was occurring, as a result of the screen adaptations that had popularized the hero. These led to a resurgence in number of books about the hero, and a change of attitude towards him, with Hercules treated humorously and with far less deference than before.

JHF 2:2, 2019, 81—101Download article as pdf.

Catherine Baker

‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction

The Eurovision Song Contest has been called everything from ‘the Gay Olym-pics’ to ‘a monument to drivel’, but can it also be thought of as historical fiction – and what could that reveal about how narratives of national and European identity are retold internationally, or about how mechanisms of fictional narrative can structure popular cultural forms not necessarily considered fiction?

JHF 2:2, 2019, 102—125Download article as pdf.

Ciaran O’Neill and Emma Donoghue

‘The cage of my moment’: a conversation with Emma Donoghue about history and fiction

This conversation with the Irish author Emma Donoghue is focused on her relationship with history and fiction. Topics discussed include the relationship between scholarly research and the writing of historical fiction, the author’s sense of duty to the past. We talked about the process of writing historical fiction, and the importance (or lack of importance) of having an ‘authentic’ link to the moment, or the material that one works with. It is in this context that the author speaks of historical fiction as something that has helped her to open the ‘cage of her moment’.

JHF 2:1, 2019, 126—141Download article as pdf.