The Journal of Historical Fictions

The Journal of Historical Fictions



Open Access

double blind peer-reviewed


The Journal of Historical Fictions evolved from the first conference of the Historical Fictions Research Network, held at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, in 2016. The Journal is an Open Access, double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published online at Two issues will be published each year. All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

ISSN: 2514-2089

Narrative constructions of the past constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships between societies in different times and lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space in which the pursuit of narrative and meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past. Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know, interacting between the meaning-making narrative and the narrative-resistant nature of the past.

The Journal of Historical Fictions welcomes proposals from disciplines as diverse as archaeology, literature, film, history, media studies, art history, musicology, reception studies, and museum studies. We encourage ambitious approaches of high quality, using new methodologies to support research into larger trends. The Journal aims to foster more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures, media and languages.

Editor: Dr Kate Macdonald, University of Reading, UK

Department of English Literature
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6UR
United Kingdom

Co-Editors: Dr Natasha Alden, Aberystwyth University; Jacobus Bracker, University of Hamburg; Dr Joanne Heath; Dr Julia Lajta-Novak, University of Vienna; Dr Nina Lubbren, Anglia Ruskin University

Design: Jacobus Bracker, University of Hamburg

Advisory Board
Dr Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester
Nicola Griffith
Dr Gregory Hampton, Howard University
Professor Fiona Price, University of Chichester
Professor Martina Seifert, University of Hamburg
Professor Diana Wallace, University of South Wales

We welcome offers of service on the Advisory Board, and for specialist peer-reviewing.

We invite spontaneous submissions of articles for consideration. All email enquiries will be answered within three days:

Issue 1:1 and Issue 1.2 are now on line.

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The HFRN is sponsored by the Department of English and Media, Anglia Ruskin University.