Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect / Edition 1

Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect / Edition 1

by Hayden White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801865247

ISBN-13: 9780801865244

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In his earlier books such as Tropics of Discourse and The Content of the Form, Hayden White focused on the conventions of historical writing and on the ordering of historical consciousness. In Figural Realism, White collects eight interrelated essays primarily concerned with the treatment of history in recent literary critical discourse.

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In his earlier books such as Tropics of Discourse and The Content of the Form, Hayden White focused on the conventions of historical writing and on the ordering of historical consciousness. 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," writes White, "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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801865244
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Literary Theory and Historical Writing1
2Historical Emplotment and the Problem of Truth in Historical Representation27
3Formalist and Contextualist Strategies in Historical Explanation43
4The Modernist Event66
5Auerbach's Literary History: Figural Causation and Modernist Historicism87
6Freud's Tropology of Dreaming101
7Narrative, Description, and Tropology in Proust126
8Form, Reference, and Ideology in Musical Discourse147
Notes177
Index201

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