Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-265).
Introduction -- Part I: The challenges of compulsory history in the Australian school curriculum. Compulsory history: the issues confronting teachers -- Student engagement through historical narratives -- Pedagogical dimensions of historical novels and historical literacy -- Part II: Understanding the genre of historical novels. Defining the historical novel -- The increase of history as a subject for novels: memory and the context of interpretation -- 'The plot against the plot': page-turners for students -- Counterfactual histories and the nature of history -- Alternate histories in the classroom -- 'Caught in time's cruel machinery': time-slip novels in the history lesson -- Part III: Deconstructing the historical novel. Whose history? historical fiction and the discipline of history in the classroom: varying views of the past -- Understanding the past through historical fiction -- Unpacking historical novels for their historicity: historical facts and historical agency -- Key themes in Australian history and their reflection in historical novels -- Conclusion.
"Whose History? examines the traditions in Australian historical fiction, and ponders how Australian historical novels can engage teachers and student teachers."--Publisher's description.