Cultural History and Postmodernity: Disciplinary Readings and Challenges

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In a series of incisive readings of signature historical works, Mark Poster charts the move from social history to new practices of cultural history that are drawing strength from poststructuralist interpretive strategies and raising issues found in feminist and postcolonialist discourse. In the process, he sets forth an outline for a postmodern historiography that can negotiate the contested terrain between the ambiguities of discourse and the pull of the "real." As Poster provides close readings of leading ...
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Overview

In a series of incisive readings of signature historical works, Mark Poster charts the move from social history to new practices of cultural history that are drawing strength from poststructuralist interpretive strategies and raising issues found in feminist and postcolonialist discourse. In the process, he sets forth an outline for a postmodern historiography that can negotiate the contested terrain between the ambiguities of discourse and the pull of the "real." As Poster provides close readings of leading historians and theorists such as Lawrence Stone, Francois Furet, Michel de Certeau, and Michel Foucault, key themes animate his work: the often irreducible difference between past and present; the relationship of writing and representation to power and domination; the dissolving distinctions between high and low culture, production and consumption, and reality and fiction; and, most important, a new perspective on human agency and the construction of political subjects.
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Perhaps Poster's greatest merit, and no small merit it is in such company, is that he writes very clearly.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231108829
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 173

Meet the Author

Mark Poster is professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Lawrence Stone's Family History 14
2 Textual Agents: History at "the End of History" 38
3 Furet and the Deconstruction of 1789 72
4 Michel de Certeau and the History of Consumerism 108
5 The Future According to Foucault: The Archeology of Knowledge and Intellectual History 134
6 In Place of a Conclusion: History as Knowledge 153
Notes 159
Index 167
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