Editorial:‘Historical Fictions’ When the World Changes
JHF 3:1, 2020, 1—5Download article as pdf.
John Fowles’s ‘Manchester baby’: forms of radicalism in A Maggot
A Maggot, John Fowles’s last published novel, reflects the author’s disrespect for conventions both as a man and as an artist. Its formal structure is unorthodox. Besides, the choice of the birth of a radical sect, the Shakers, as a subject matter allows him to explore the limitations of social conformity, while his subversion of the codes of the historical novel questions the constraint of traditional literary conventions. This paper explores the way in which John Fowles plays with history and the past in order to impose a desire for radicalism in the reader
JHF 3:1, 2020, 6—23Download article as pdf.
Troubling Portrayals: Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan (1922), Documentary Form, and the Question of Histor(iography)
This essay discusses the 1922 Benjamin Christensen film, Häxan (or, Witchcraft through the Ages), and ways in which it complicates genre, narrative, and historical representation. Combining historical facts backed by real artefacts from the era with narrative reenactments inserted throughout, Häxan blurs the lines between reality and fiction, history and storytelling, which, at first glance, de-legitimizes its positioning as a documentary film, and thereby undermines its historical representations.
JHF 3:1, 2020, 24—41Download article as pdf.