Re-experiencing East European History: Helen Dunmore's Siege and Louise Doughty's Fires in the Dark



Year of publication 2005
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference 2nd Prague Conference on Linguistics and Literary Studies: Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords contemporary British novel; history; Louise Doughty; Helen Dunmore
Description The author analyses the novels Siege by Helen Dunmore and Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty in the context of postmodern returns to historical experience. She examines how two contemporary British novelists recreate the painful experience of a Russian family during the siege of Leningrad during WWII and of a Romany family in pre-war Czechoslovakia and during the Protectorate. She also contributes to the debate on the freedom of the writer to choose themes that may be jealously guarded as a heritage of a particular community to which the writer does not belong.
Related projects:

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.