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This book brings together some of the most important essays in the theory of history which have produced this revolution and the responses to it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631209522
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Fay is Chair of the Philosophy department at Wesleyan University. Previous books include: Social Theory and Political Practice, Critical Social Science, and Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science: A Multi-cultural Approach, all published by Blackwell. Professor Fay's research concentrates on questions surrounding the nature of social inquiry and its relation to politics and ethics. He is Executive Editor of the journal History and Theory, published by Blackwell (US).

Philip Pomper is William F. Armstrong Professor of History at Wesleyan University. Professor Pomper applies psychology to history. Aside from a general study of the Russian revolutionary movement, he has written biographies of leading revolutionaries. He has also investigated psychoanalytic theories of history in his book, The Structure of Mind in History and serves as Associate Editor for History and Theory.

Richard T. Vann is Professor of History and Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University. He has written on English social and intellectual history and on the logic and rhetoric of historiography. He is Senior Editor of History and Theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Linguistic Turn and Beyond in Contemporary Theory of History 1
Pt. I Narrativity 13
1 The Historical Text as Literary Artifact 15
2 Interpretation, History, and Narrative 34
Pt. II Writing and Reading History 57
3 The Rhetoric of History 59
4 Making Up Lost Time: Writing on the Writing of History 69
5 History, Language, and Reading: Waiting for Crillon 90
Pt. III Realism, Constructivism, and Beyond 119
6 History and Fiction as Modes of Comprehension 121
7 Narrative and the Real World: An Argument for Continuity 137
8 Telling It Like It Was: Historical Narratives On Their Own Terms 153
Pt. IV Postmodernism and the Theory of History 173
9 Historiography and Postmodernism 175
10 Historiography and Postmodernism: Reconsiderations 193
11 Reply to Professor Zagorin 206
Pt. V Representation and Trauma 223
12 "Never Again" is Now 225
13 Is It Possible to Misrepresent the Holocaust? 245
Pt. VI Gender, Sexuality, Sex 251
14 Is There a History of Sexuality? 253
15 No Sex, No Gender 268
Pt. VII Objectivity 297
16 Objectivity Is Not Neutrality: Rhetoric versus Practice in Peter Novick's That Noble Dream 299
17 Objectivity and Truth in History 320
18 Historical Knowledge and Historical Reality: A Plea for "Internal Realism" 342
19 Progress in Historical Studies 377
Name Index 404
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