The Fiction of Narrative

The Fiction of Narrative : Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007

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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 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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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31mm | 726g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • No
  • 0801894794
  • 9780801894794
  • 1,975,285

Table of contents

Editor's NotePrefaceEditor's IntroductionAcknowledgments1. Collingwood and Toynbee: Transitions in English Historical Thought2. Religion, Culture, and Western Civilization in Christopher Dawson's Idea of History3. The Abiding Relevance of Croce's Idea of History4. Romanticism, Historicism, and Realism: Toward a Period Concept for Early Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History5. The Tasks of Intellectual History6. The Culture of Criticism: Gombrich, Auerbach, Popper7. The Structure of Historical Narrative8. What Is a Historical System?9. The Politics of Contemporary Philosophy of History10. The Problem of Change in Literary History11. The Problem of Style in Realistic Representation: Marx and Flaubert12. The Discourse of History13. Vico and Structuralist/Poststructuralist Thought14. The Interpretation of Texts15. Historical Pluralism and Pantextualism16. The "Nineteenth Century" as Chronotope17. Ideology and Counterideology in Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism18. Writing in the Middle Voice19. Northrop Frye's Place in Contemporary Cultural Studies20. Storytelling: Historical and Ideological21. The Suppression of Rhetoric in the Nineteenth Century22. Postmodernism and Textual Anxieties23. Guilty of History? The longue duree of Paul RicoeurNotesIndex
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The book will interest scholars from an array of disciplines. * Choice * White's own three-page preface to this collection is worth the price of admission alone... The essays themselves are a treasure trove... Suffice it to say that for scholars wondering why White's reputation is so formidable they could hardly do better than to start with this collection. -- David Watson * Literature and History * The benefit of The Fiction of Narrative is that it enables us to see in one place White's development from a more traditional historian to the significant cultural critic he has become and to appreciate the range of his intellectual interests. -- Jo Alyson Parker * KronoScope : Journal for the Study of Time *
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About Hayden V. White

Hayden White is a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, and Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect, all published by Johns Hopkins. Robert Doran is an assistant professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Rochester and editor of a collection of essays by Rene Girard, Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005.
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