Historical Influences in Fantasy

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Nov 7th at 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM

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There is more to historical fantasy than the trope of European-style medieval secondary worlds. Today fantasies are set in specific real-world historical times and places, as in Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori, C.C. Finlay’s Traitor to the Crown and Gene Wolfe’s Soldier in the Mist. What accounts for this shift? What is gained by using these settings? What, if anything, is lost when we move away from "secondary" worlds?