HFRN 2019: The Programme

Friday 22 February

Manchester Central Library

[There is no conference hotel, but we recommend the Central Manchester Premier Inn]





Josie Gill

University of Bristol

Handle with Care:

Literature, Archaeology, Slavery





Parallel sessions 1


Room 1

Historical Gaming


Adam Chapman

University of Gothamburg

Play as Historical Interruption: Videogames and Deconstructionist History

Danilo Di Mascio

University of Huddersfield

Analyzing the design of historical cities in the Assassin’s Creed series

Cecilia Trenter


Mimesis and prompters of Memory: Dragon Age franchise (2009-2014 BioWare)



Room 2

Russian history and representation

Chair: Ekaterina Ovcharova

Jennifer Volkmer

The Death of Stalin; the continued relevance of Historical Fiction


Lioudmila Federova

University of Georgetown

Poet’s Death as Crucifixion: Who is to Blame?

Boris Proskurnin

Perm State University

Russian Revolution of 1917 and Arthur Koestler’s The Gladiators: Ethics of Radicalism



Room 3

Children’s Historical Fiction

Chair: Sarah Hardstaff

Alison Baker

University of East London

Judith Tarr’s A Wind in Cairo, Kevin Crossley Holland’s Bracelet of Bones, C. S Lewis’s The Horse and his Boy and mediaeval Orientalism in the historical imagination.

Blanka Grzegorczyk

Manchester Metropolian University

The Presence of the Past: The Genealogist Child in Contemporary Historical Fiction for the Young.

Lucy Stone

University of Newcastle, UK

Recovering the Past through Juvenilia: Judith Kerr’s and Tomi Ungerer’s fiction from and of the Nazi Era.



Room 4

Challenging the dominant.

Chair: Cheryl Morgan

Jonathan Ball

University of Newcastle, AU

We’re Here, We’re Queer(ing Historical Fiction): Writing the gay historical novel as literature and activism.

Nastrin Babakhani

University of Goettingen

Other Historical Experiences from marginalized Position.

Julie Depriester

Université d’Artois in France

John Fowles’s ‘Manchester baby’: forms of radicalism in A Maggot.




Parallel sessions 2


Room 1

Theatre and subversion

Chair: Kristina Fjelkestam

Dorothea Flothow

University of Salzburg

Historical Burlesque in the Nineteenth-Century Theatre: An Introduction to a Radical Genre.

Stephen M. Hornby

Salford University

‘Stand up if you’re gay!’: The Burnley Buggers’ Ball and how dramatising history changes history.

Cynthia Dretel

Hochschule für Musik Franz-Liszt



Subverting Nazi Narratives through Puppetry and Song: Polish Satirical Plays in WWII Concentration Camps.



Room 2

Contesting nationhood

Leila Rahimi Bahmany

Goethe University

Simin Daneshvar and the Bewilderment of Iranian Nation.

Eluned Gramich


Creative explorations of the expulsions (1944-49) in modern day Germany.

Okamoto Michihiro

Toyo University

Reactionary Heels Re-depicted.



Room 3


Chair: Lucy Stone

Catherine Padmore, & Kelly Gardiner

Latrobe University

Radical biofictions: Gender, genre and crime in recent historical biofictions from Australia.

Rita Horvath

Viener Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Research

Literary Criticism Personified: Examining The Genre of the Biographical-Novel-about-a-Writer.

Bożena Kucala

Jagiellonian University

The past as a multi-perspective structure in Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers.



Room 4

Contested American History

Chair: Farah Mendlesohn

Rachel Damian

San Francisco University High School

The 1913 Armory Show: A Touchstone in American Modernism or a Fictionalized Legacy?


Ronald Ramsay

North Dakota State University

The Boom of a Western Town: a 19th century novel of frontier life—and revenge.

Chris Martin

San Francisco University High School

The Wobbly Legacy of the Paterson Silk Strike and Pageant.





Parallel Sessions 3

Room 1


Chair: Cynthia Dretel

Emma Varughese

Independent Scholar, India

Indian ‘mythology-inspired’ fiction in English and ‘spiralling’ receptions.

Sutanuka Ghosh

Jadavpur University

Revisiting Rajput (his)stories with Kiran Nagarkar’s Cuckold.



Room 2

Crime and Memory

Chair: Jerome DeGroot

Alec Kaus

University of Georgia

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Reevaluating Fact, Fiction and the Archive in Christian Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood.

Chris Vardy

University of Manchester

Abusive Historicity.



Room 3

Education and Objectivity

Chair: Okamoto Michihiro

Noël James

Milton Keynes Discovery Centre

How do we determine authenticity when teaching history, at any educational level?

Christoph Kühberger

University of Salzburg

Children’s Toys between Representation of the Past and Historical Fiction.


4-5 Keynote:

Diane Wallace

University of South Wales

Saturday 23rd February



Parallel Sessions 4

Room 1

American violence

Chair: Philip Peek

Pedro Ponce

St. Lawrence University

Getting It (Radically) Wrong: The Public Burning as Counterhistorical Fiction.

Deborah Wolf

University of Freiburg


Ideologically motivated recreations of the past in 9/11 conspiracy theories.

David Eisler

University of Heidelberg

Authority, Authenticity and the American War novel.



Room 2

Gothic, history, romance
Chair: Alison Baker

Claudia Lindén

Södertörn University

Why the writer of novels is a better historian: William Godwin’s ‘History and Romance’, 1797.

Lucy Cook
University of Portsmouth

Radically Fictional: Farcical Historical Fiction From the 19th Century.

Rosemary Kay

Manchester University

Invocation of the physical world in 18th century gothic novels: Radcliffe’s The Italian.



Room 3

Science, fiction, history

Chair: Sabrina Mittermeier

Nic Clear

University of Huddersfield

Le Corbusier and the (Science) Fictions of Modernity.

Iris Feindt

Manchester Metropolitan University

Futur Historique: Historical Fiction as Dystopian Novel.

Cheryl Morgan

Independent Scholar

Steampunk Revolutions.



Room 4

Musical past and future

Chair: Steve Brooks

Darragh Kelly

Trinity College Dublin

‘Objectivity is not left over after the subject is subtracted’: Adorno, Sebald, and historical truth content.

Dimitrije Bužarovski & Trena Jordanoska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

Historical fictions as false identity: Wagner in Bitola.

Catherine Baker

University of Hull

‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction’.





Parallel Sessions 5

Room 1

Biography, historiography, and identity

Chair: Edward James

Blair Agpar

University of York

Urban VIII and the Cult of Matilda di Canossa, (Papal) Warrior Princess.

Martina Feichtenschlager

University of Salzburg

Between fictions and figures: The great narrative of (medieval) authorship.

Philip Peek

University of Bowling Green

Historical Construction and Identity in Herodotus’ Histories.



Room 2

Rome Remembered

Chair: Alison Baker

Monika Wozniak

Sapienza Università di Roma

Quo vadis, Gladiator? The Cinematographic Dialogue in historical films about Ancient Rome.

Juliette Harrisson

Newman University (co-written with Martin Lindner)

The reception of Greek and Roman warfare in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld


Pascal Lemaire

Independent Scholar

Between Cesar and Hitler, retelling the De Bello Gallico during WW2.



Room 3

Early modern women

Chair: Tamar Hagar

Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir

University of Iceland

Finding Truth in the Detail: Elizabeth Fremantle’s Portrayal of Tudor Women in Sisters of Treason and The Girl in the Glass Tower.

Siobhan O’Connor

Manchester Metropolitan University

Contemporary Englishness and the Tudor Turn: Philippa Gregory’s Narratives of National Grievance.

Olivia Michael

Manchester Metropolitan

Dialects of suppression: Linguistic Chicanery in the Trial of the Pendle Witches.



Room 4

Political radicalism and the novel

Chair: Chris Vardy

Virginia Preston

Kings College, UCL

Geoffrey Trease: radical and conservative?

Deborah Mutch

De Montfort University

England for All? Love and Landownership in Margaret Harkness’s A City Girl (1887) and Connie (1893-4).

Patricia San Jose Rico

University of Valladolid

The Archaeology of Historical Fiction: Unearthing the Past in David Bradley’s The Chaneysville Incident.


1.30-2.15 Business Meeting




Parallel Sessions 6

Room 1

Irish Traumas

Chair: Phil Dyson

Laila Alharthi

University of Hull

Haunting, Trauma and the Sins of the Past in William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault.

Alexey Taube

University of Latvia

Representing the Un-representable: Self-reflexive Narrative in Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea.



Room 2

Staging other worlds

Chair: Rosemary Kay

Gary Fisher

University of Nottingham

The Depiction of the Ancient World on the Eighteenth-century American Stage.

Benjamin Poore

University of York

Time after Time: the Counterfactual History Play.



Room 3

Ukrainian history and nationhood.

Chair: Catherine Baker

Galyna Vypasnyak

Lviv Politechnic National University

Ukrainian Contemporary Historical Narrative and the Problem of National Identity.

Artemiy Plekhanov

Usevalad Herasimau

‘Kiborhy’ as (super)heroes: Ukrainian comics about war in Donbas.



Room 4

Constructing Heritage

Chair: Flothow

Teresa Mocharitsch

University of Graz

Construction of a Grand Heritage: German Nationalism and Art in the 19th Century.

Muriel Laurent

University of Los Andes

Illustrating history: El antagonista, a proposal for the social appropriation of knowledge from the University.

3.45-4.45 Keynote

Robert Poole

University of Central Lancashire

Courtroom, history, film and graphic novel