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HFCN #04: How We Might Approach Reading Historical Fiction

An exploration of three reader expectations to help us become more discerning readers and more skillful writers of historical fiction. Shoutouts to these writers: Northrop Frye, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, A. S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood, Tony Kushner, Umberto Eco, William Weaver (translator), and Walter Scott.

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HFCN #02: Framing the Central ‘What’ Question

In historical fiction, a central ‘what’ question can help us find a story’s beating heart. Let’s consider how two historical novels—one relatively new and the other a classic now—framed their “what” questions.

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Jenny Bhatt is an author, a literary translator, and a book critic. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student of literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has taught creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas and the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship Program. Sign up for her free newsletters, We Are All Translators and/or Historical Fiction Craft Notes. Jenny lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Texas.

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