This volume addresses the prominent, and in many ways highly similar, role that historical fiction has played in the formation of the two neighbouring 'young nations', Finland and Estonia. It gives a multi-sided overview of the function of the historical novel during different periods of Finnish and Estonian history from the 1800s until the present day, and it provides detailed close-readings of selected authors and literary trends in their social, political and cultural contexts. This book addresses nineteenth-century 'fictional foundations', historical fiction of the new nation states in the interwar period as well as post-Second World War Soviet Estonian novels and modern historiographic metafiction.
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Kaljundi, L et al. (eds.) 2015. Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.19
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Published on 13 May 2015