Truth or Fact?

Themes:
AcademiaBooks
What:
Panel
When:
Saturday Aug 05   03:15 PM to 04:15 PM (1 hour)
Where:
Epernay
Discussion:
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The historian John Guy, talking about prospective students who cite Hilary Mantel's novels as sources for their historical knowledge, says that the “blur between fact and fiction is troubling”. Mantel, in her 2017 Reith lectures, maintains that 'facts are not truth': history is just 'what’s left in the sieve when the centuries have run through it'. Our panellists will discuss facts, alternative facts and absolute and relative truths in historical fiction: can authors ever escape their own mores? Should historical novels aim for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Are historians, as well as novelists, creative?
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The Daily Dot
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University of London
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