Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect

Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect

by Hayden V. White, Hayden White
     
 

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In Figural Realism, White collects eight interrelated essays primarily concerned with the treatment of history in recent literary critical discourse. "'History' is not only an object we can study," White observes, "it is also and even primarily a certain kind of relationship to 'the past' mediated by a distinctive kind of written discourse. It is because historical… See more details below

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In Figural Realism, White collects eight interrelated essays primarily concerned with the treatment of history in recent literary critical discourse. "'History' is not only an object we can study," White observes, "it is also and even primarily a certain kind of relationship to 'the past' mediated by a distinctive kind of written discourse. It is because historical discourse is actualized in its culturally significant form as a specific kind of writing that we may consider the relevance of literary theory to both the theory and the practice of historiography."

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Johns Hopkins Guide
Hayden White. . . is the most prominent American scholar to unite historiography and literary criticism into a broader reflection on narrative and cultural understanding.
Booknews
White (history of consciousness, UC-Santa Cruz) explores the treatment of history in recent literary critical discourse, in this collection of eight interrelated essays. He addresses issues surrounding historicism, the New Historicism, connections between literary theory and historical writing, and the history of the Holocaust. An underlying theme is that the distinction between literal and figurative speech is a conventional distinction and can be understood by its relevance to the sociopolitical context in which it arises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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White lays out his arguments with a clarity and rigor that few can match.

Religious Studies Review
A collection of essays by one who has arguably changed the course of historiography in the past twenty years... Any serious historian will need to engage the issues and answers that White raises.

— Fred W. Burnett

Southern Humanities Review
[A] fascinating meditation on modernism or, more accurately, the effects of modernism... In this book, White confirms that he remains an active and important thinker.

— David W. Price

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Hayden White... is the most prominent American scholar to unite historiography and literary criticism into a broader reflection on narrative and cultural understanding.

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Hayden White... is the most prominent American scholar to unite historiography and literary criticism into a broader reflection on narrative and cultural understanding.

H-Ideas, H-Net Reviews - Johan W. N. Tempelhoff

[White] is a master of critical and provocative thought... Figural Realism... deserves to be read by historians in search of rejuvenating a sense of theoretical enlightenment.

Religious Studies Review - Fred W. Burnett

A collection of essays by one who has arguably changed the course of historiography in the past twenty years... Any serious historian will need to engage the issues and answers that White raises.

Southern Humanities Review - David W. Price

[A] fascinating meditation on modernism or, more accurately, the effects of modernism... In this book, White confirms that he remains an active and important thinker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801859977
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/14/1998
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.78(d)

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James M. Mellard

Of all the writers on subjects connected to tropology, White is surely the best at making the complex both engaging and approachable. This is an important book.

James M. Mellard, Northern Illinois University

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