Quote on historical fiction as resistance.
Large chunks of our history are presented to many of us – queer people, people of colour, disabled people, neurodiverse people – as though we never existed. It bears saying, and repeating, that this isn’t true. People lived and worked and travelled in ways that defied the smooth and ever upward trajectory of the histories we are often taught. We first learn about the past from our families and our teachers, and sometimes they tell us contrasting accounts. But sitting in a classroom and being graded on the accuracy of your remembrance, your absorption – this usually filters down as the glorious and predestined origin story of whatever nation-state you’re in. It can still be a powerful experience, but it leaves out a lot of people, and not just because “there isn’t enough time” to cover a broader syllabus.