The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time

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1. Inventing the Past: A Brief Background of the Alternate History

1. My source for much of this information is William Joseph Collins's “Paths Not Taken: The Development, Stmcture, and Aesthetics of Alternative History,” an unpublished doctoral dissertation dated 1990. His chapter 5 contains a lengthy history of the alternate history and includes detailed plot summaries of GeoffroyChateau and Renouvier and a discussion of Squire. Dates and titles have been confirmed by cross-checking them with other sources, notably Pinkerton and Schmunk.

2. See Robert William Fogel, Railroads and American Economic Growth; Essays in Econometric History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1964); and Alfred H. Conrad and John R. Meyer, “The Economics of Slavery in the Ante Bellum South,” Journal of Political Economy 66 (1958): 95–103.

3. The text Bann works with is Lawrence Durrell's 1982 Constance or Solitary Practices, the third of five books.

4. “Historically correct sources” alludes to the historian's insistence on limiting the boundaries of the proper field of history. Though history clearly overlaps with other fields that study human behavior and the past (for instance, archaeology, sociology, and literature), history uses as its driving force res gestae, or things done. The primary source that history requires is the document.

2. Ward Moore's Bring the Jubilee: Alternate History, Narrativity, and the Nature of Time

1. Bring the Jubilee uses odd punctuation. All quotations have been carefully cross-checked for accuracy and are correct. Contractions are mn together (isnt, couldnt, youll). In addition, the spelling “Southron” is correct. A recent trade paperback rerelease of this text normalizes the punctuation, which I feel takes away from


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