Writing of History (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Writing of History (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

by Michel de Certeau
     
 

A leading intellectual member of France's Freudian school, Michel de Certeau combined principles from the disciplines of religion, history, and psychoanalysis in order to redefine historiography and rethink the categories of history. In The Writing of History, de Certeau examines the West's changing conceptions of the very role and nature of history itself,

Overview

A leading intellectual member of France's Freudian school, Michel de Certeau combined principles from the disciplines of religion, history, and psychoanalysis in order to redefine historiography and rethink the categories of history. In The Writing of History, de Certeau examines the West's changing conceptions of the very role and nature of history itself, from the seventeenth-century attempts to formulate a "history of man" to Freud's Moses and Monotheism with which de Certeau interprets historical practice as a function of mankind's feelings of loss, mourning, and absence. Exhaustively researched and stunningly innovative, The Writing of History is a crucial introduction to de Certeau's work and is destined to become a classic of modern thought.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
The crowning work of the late Michel de Certeau is this volume of essays on historiography . . . Brilliant.
Booknews
Paperbound reprint of a 1988 release (translated from the French edition, 1975) presenting intriguing ideas about such basic elements of Western history as the Europeans' first encounter with America, the West's desire to have the past function as a model for the present, and our sense of the past as not coexisting with the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231055741
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1988
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 10.94(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Michel de Certeau taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and at the University of California, San Diego, where he was also chairman of the literature department. He authored over a dozen books, including The Mystical Fable, Heterologies: Discourses on the Other, and The Practice of Everyday Life.

Tom Conley, Professor of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, is the author of Film Hieroglyphics and The Graphic Unconscious. He has also translated Gilles Deleuze's The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque.

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