History Revisited : Fact and Fiction in Thorkild Hansen's Documentary Works
History Revisited is an introduction to the historical narratives of Thorkild Hansen (1927-1989), Scandinavia's most influential writer in the documentary genre. The book offers valuable insights into the boundaries between history and literature, placing Hansen's oeuvre in the context of discussions by such canonical scholars as Collingwood, Croce, Dilthey, Foucault, and Hayden White. The book takes up in particular the question of Hansen's historical inquiries into Denmark's past and analyses how he shifts the focus from that of traditional historiography to obscure figures and failed ventures in the nation's past. Of special interest to American and English readers is the discussion of Hansen's monumental Slave Trilogy which offers a revisionist view of Denmark's role in the African slave trade. Finally, History Revisited demonstrates how the problematics of Hansen's historical works extend into his controversial trilogy on the trial of Knut Hamsun and into the postwar history of Norway.
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- Marianne Stecher-Hansen
- Hardback | 176 pages
- 386 x 579 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
- Publication date
- 07 Aug 1997
- Boydell & Brewer Ltd
- CAMDEN HOUSE INC
- Publication City/Country
- Columbia, MD, United States