The Fiction of Narrative Essays on History Literature and Theory Hayden White is celebrated as one of the great minds in the humanities Since the publication of his groundbreaking monograph Metahistory in White s work has been crucial to disciplines where n

  • Title: The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007
  • Author: Hayden White Robert Doran
  • ISBN: 9780801894800
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hayden White is celebrated as one of the great minds in the humanities Since the publication of his groundbreaking monograph, Metahistory, in 1973, White s work has been crucial to disciplines where narrative is of primary concern, including history, literary studies, anthropology, philosophy, art history, and film and media studies.This volume, deftly introduced by RoberHayden White is celebrated as one of the great minds in the humanities Since the publication of his groundbreaking monograph, Metahistory, in 1973, White s work has been crucial to disciplines where narrative is of primary concern, including history, literary studies, anthropology, philosophy, art history, and film and media studies.This volume, deftly introduced by Robert Doran, gathers in one place White s important and often hard to find essays exploring his revolutionary theories of historical writing and narrative These texts find White at his most essayistic, engaging a wide range of topics and thinkers with characteristic insight and elegance.The Fiction of Narrative traces the arc and evolution of White s field defining thought and will become standard reading for students and scholars of historiography, the theory of history, and literary studies.

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    1. In my view, history as a discipline is in bad shape today because it has lost sight of its origins in the literary imagination. In the interest of appearing scientific and objective, it has repressed and denied to itself its own greatest source of strength and renewal. [Disclamor: This review is of one essay in particular: The Historical Text as Literary Artifact]Does history accurately represent reality? Or simply the bias of its authors? If the latter, should it be discouraged, with renewed ef [...]

    2. The Fiction of Narrative, Hayden White, essays Essays on History, Literature, and Theory 1957-2007This book was hard. Really. That’s the first thing to say. Some of the concepts were so over my head I didn’t even know where to begin. So I put it down, and did some research on Hayden White, the author of this collection of essays. Turns out he’s a rock star in the world of narrative theory and literature. Born in 1928, he produced these essays independently, before Robert Doran, the editor, [...]

    3. I've reviewed this elsewhere; suffice to say White's essays are tremendously interesting, and this collection casts his career in a new light. Those who come to White from a literary theory background (especially a poststructualist one) will be interested here to see how his preoccupations at times dovetail with but ultimately diverge from those more orthodox theoretical ones. Doran's introduction is brilliant, and the editing/annotating judicious and helpful.

    4. Great scholarship. Difficult, but rewarding. For example, on Giambattista Vico: "While fully recognizing the tryanny and repression with which civilized life burdened humankind (and it is this 'realism' that differentiates Vico from the 'philosophes' and links him with Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud), Vico envisioned a "science" of the human that would conduce to the refinement of human consciousness, the revitalization of society,and the ennabling of culture." p.205He even outlines postmodern histo [...]

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