English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 6: History in Fiction from Richard II to Hamilton

Course content

Historical fiction, while attempting to uncover and dramatise the untold stories of the past, reveals as much about its moment of writing. This course examines a number of important historical plays and novels, introduces theory about historical fiction, and explores the themes of gender, power, memory, the act of writing and the uncertainties of the historical archive.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

Provisional primary reading list:

  • William Shakespeare, Richard II (preferably Arden or Oxford Classics)
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (preferably Oxford Classics)
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (Original Cast Recording; lyrics available on genius.com)

History in Fiction from Richard II to Hamilton will be taught in weeks 37-43 + week 50, four hours/week.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75