Anachronisms in historical fiction: they might be good for us

At the movies, you spot a pair of Converse sneakers among Marie Antoinette’s shoes. Oops! you think, the set dresser blundered. Or did they?

Contemporary phrases, music or props in movies, TV shows and books set in the past aren’t necessarily bloopers. They can actually be a deliberate choice by storytellers, and add meaning and depth to the stories being told.

To look at why do this, we were joined this morning by Associate Professor Stephanie Russo from the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature at Macquarie University.



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