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Author Paul, Herman, author

Title Hayden White : the historical imagination / Herman Paul
Published Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2011
Cambridge : Polity Press, 2011


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 MELB  001.09 White Pau/Wht  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Series Key contemporary thinkers
Key contemporary thinkers.
Contents How to Read Hayden White.--Humanist Historicism : The Italian White.--Liberation Historiography: The Politics of History.--The Historical Imagination : Four Modes of Realism.--The Power of Discourse : White's Structuralist Adventure.--Masks of Meaning : Facing the Sublime.--Figuring History : The Modernist White
Summary This new book offers a clear and accessible exposition of Hayden White's thought. In an engaging and wide-ranging analysis, Herman Paul discusses White's core ideas and traces the development of these ideas from the mid-1950s to the present. Starting with White's medievalist research and youthful fascination for French existentialism, Paul shows how White became increasingly convinced that historical writing is a moral activity. He goes on to argue that the critical concepts that have secured White's fame - trope, plot, discourse, figural realism - all stem from his desire to explicate the moral claims and perceptions underlying historical writing. White emerges as a passionate thinker, a restless rebel against scientism, and a defender of existentialist humanist values. This innovative introduction will appeal to students and scholars across the humanities, and help develop a critical understanding of an increasingly important thinker
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Also available online (Table of contents)
Subject White, Hayden V., 1928-2018.
History -- Philosophy.
Civilization -- Philosophy.
History -- Philosophy.
History, Modern -- Historiography -- 20th century.
History, Modern -- 20th century -- Historiography.
Literature and history.
ISBN 0745650139
Other Titles White
Historical imagination