History, as both literary critics and historians agree, is t a given, but forms itself in specific patterns of thought and the linguistic patterns which realize these modes of thinking. The present volume deveotes itself to history as a written construst by examining the broad spectrum of literary treatments of history from the late enlightenment to the early 21st century and discussing their theoretical and historiographic premisses. The introduction discusses the principal methods and leading aspects of the contemporary debate at the intersection of literature and history . The main body of work then presents a series of chrologically arranged case studies which illuminate both the interplay of historical view and textual procedures and the social function of different forms and genres of historical representation. The volume thus provides a compendium which provides systematic access to a research field which has been rapidly expanding over the last few years in the 20th century, and examines its benefits for both literary studies and the theory of history; as such, it also serves as an introduction to a complex field of research.
Daniel Fulda is Assistant Professor in the Department of German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Silvia Serena Tschopp holds a Chair in European Cultural History at the University of Augsburg.