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Historical re-enactment book
Over the past decades, historical fiction has become incredibly successful. This chapter considers several varieties of the historical novel and what they suggest about contemporary consumption of history. The historical novel form has provided a means for writers around the world to experiment and meditate upon identity, colony, gender and selfhood. Historical novelists concentrate on the gaps between known factual history and that which is lived for a variety of purposes. Thomas Pynchon's monumental Mason & Dixon follows the partnership between Charles Mason and Jerediah Dixon during the period before and after they survey and map the MasonDixon line. Thus the novel mixes geography and geometry with philosophy, suggesting a sublime terror of the knowledge of the future. A key development in international writing over the past years is the creative memoir, a type of historical novelisation of experience that derives from Proust and other semi-autobiographical writers.