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971 Winter 2019 Learning History from Historical Fiction

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971 Winter 2019 Learning History from Historical Fiction
Tuesday, 9:40–11:05, Feb. 12
Instructor: David Heymsfeld

Sometimes historical fiction can give us a better picture of the past than conventional history. A conventional historian must justify his or her interpretations by documentary evidence and individual interviews. The available evidence may be incomplete or create an inaccurate picture. The novelist seeking to convey the past is free to use his or her sense of how people think and act. As a result, the novelist may be able to provide the best picture of the thoughts and actions of political leaders and ordinary people. This class will consider historical fiction in general and then look at the history portrayed in several novels: Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, both about World War II, and Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, depicting politics, racial unrest, and social classes in New York City in the 1980s.
David Heymsfeld, an OLLI member, was a congressional professional staffer for 35 years. He has taught several OLLI courses on history and is a volunteer guide for the Newseum.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Tallwood Campus

David Heymsfeld 

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/12/2019 - 2/12/2019 Weekly - Tue 9:40 AM - 11:05 AM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map David Heymsfeld 

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