ERIC Number: EJ832394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Getting It Right: Historical Fiction or Not?
McElmeel, Sharron L.
Library Media Connection, v27 n4 p40-41 Jan-Feb 2009
There seems to be widespread agreement that to qualify as historical, the book's main plot must be set in the past. But how far in the past? Thirty years is sometimes listed as a standard. But does that mean set 30 years at the time the book is written or 30 years from the time it is read? The general consensus is that the book is what it is at the time of writing. A book cannot become a book of historical fiction just because it stays around a lot of years and the setting becomes 30 years old. There is more to the term "historical fiction" than simply that the book is set in a time from the past. If that were true, does a book move from being contemporary fiction once it gets old enough that the setting is now in the past? There may be an answer to this question. The solution, the author believes, is to distinguish between "historical fiction" and "period fiction" and to stop using the two phrases as interchangeable terms. In this article, the author provides the definitions of historical fiction and period fiction. She also presents several literacy activities for classroom use.
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