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English

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Learners taking this Course are
  • Librarians
  • Writers
  • Translators
  • Editors
  • Retailers
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Librarians
  • Writers
  • Translators
  • Editors
  • Retailers

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 hours of videos and assessments...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Roadmap

2 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings
2 videos
How to Get the Most out of this Course8m
2 readings
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

What is Historical Fiction?

6 videos (Total 82 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
The Pre-History of Historical Fiction12m
From Archive to Novel12m
Differentiating fiction and history in the 18th and 19th century10m
A look at Sir Walter Scott and work of the 18th century12m
The global reach of the historical fiction genre21m
1 practice exercise
What Is Historical Fiction?30m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Poetry and Exile in Ancient Rome: Jane Alison

4 videos (Total 78 min)
4 videos
Using characters to set the set the historical context21m
An indepth look at the characters and story19m
Some challenges in historical fiction writing19m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Two Centuries of Historical Fiction

4 videos (Total 60 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales (continued)15m
Brown's "Clotel": Slavery, Fiction, and a Founding Father14m
Dickens and the French Revolution: "A Tale of Two Cities"15m
1 practice exercise
Two Centuries of Historical Fiction 24m
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Top reviews from Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction

By DGNov 13th 2015

Exceptional experience. I enjoyed the entire course. This was my first real sojourn into the genre and now I'm hooked. Thank you, very much, for sharing this quality education. Be Well.

By RHMay 30th 2016

Super wonderful class. Very educational and enjoyable. I collected more books after this class and re-read many of them. Recommend The Love Artist featured in one of the sessions.

Instructor

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Bruce Holsinger

Professor
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About University of Virginia

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