Curthoys, Ann & Ann McGrath, ed.: Writing histories

Ann Curthoys & Ann McGrath, ed.

Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration, Monash Publications in History, Monash University, Melbourne, 2000; republished Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, 2009 (full text online free)

‘Nine historians reflect on their work as writers, exploring some of the most difficult and interesting questions any history-writer faces: how to get started, how to find a ‘voice’, how to enliven a description or a narration, and how to find a worthwhile structure. Contributors also suggest how historians can convey multiple perspectives, ‘show’ rather than tell, foreground the research process, find inspiration from music, painting and landscape, and use literary techniques such as metaphor.’

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