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Fiction, history and verisimilitude: the historical novel contemporary

Grant number: 16/04695-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): May 04, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Annita Costa Malufe
Grantee:Marcos Vinícius Lima de Almeida
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação (PRPG). Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The present research project aims to study the concept of historical novel. In order to promote an investigation of this concept, this paper will unfold into two parts, which are correlated. The first part consists of a critical-theoretical essay that aims to diachronically understand the instability in the concept of historical novel. From Lukács' paradigmatic formulation (2011), passing through contemporary scholars who also problematized the concept, such as Heathon (1991), Jameson (2007), Perry Anderson (2007), Esteves (2010) and Weinhardt (2011). Still in the first part, delving into the object, this study problematizes three notions that underlie the concept: fiction, history and likelihood. In the second part, supported by theory, the project focuses on the innovation path, which has become recurring in Brazilian Universities: the prolific dialog between Literary Studies and Creative Writing. (AU)