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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter summarizes the history debates in late twentieth-century Canada and situates them in terms of developments occurring in historiography at the time, including the linguistic turn and revival of narrative. As historians absorbed the postmodern critique, there was an outpouring of historical representation in a variety of genres, including historical fiction by prominent Canadian authors. As the chapter shows, Canadian historians and writers continue to be actively engaged in recovering the histories that might otherwise be forgotten. The chapter provides an overview of the critical reception of this literature and examines the prominent concerns and themes in selected literary works.

Keywords: historiography, Canadian historians, historical fiction, linguistic turn, postmodern

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