Drawing upon the domestic fiction by Italian women writers of the late nineteenth-century, in this article I argue that we can use this as evidence of history as a cultural undertaking. Through a reading of a selection of popular novels and short stories intended for a female readership, I demonstrate how domestic fiction provides crucial textual evidence for us to rediscover and reinterpret the (hi)story of women's sentiments and experiences in late nineteenth-century Italy. In so doing, I align the role of the narrator with that of the historian to conceive of history as representation; that is, not as fictional, but as fictive.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice|
|Early online date||27 Oct 2010|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2010|
- realist fiction
- Hayden White
- fictive history