The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957–2007

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JHU Press, 2010 - History - 382 pages
Collingwood and Toynbee: transitions in English historical thought -- Religion, culture, and western civilization in Christopher Dawson's Idea of history -- The abiding relevance of Croce's Idea of history -- Romanticism, historicism, and realism: toward a period concept for early nineteenth-century intellectual history -- The tasks of intellectual history -- The culture of criticism: Gombrich, Auerbach, Popper -- The structure of historical narrative -- What is a historical system? -- The politics of contemporary philosophy of history -- The problem of change in literary history -- The problem of style in realistic representation: Marx and Flaubert -- The discourse of history -- Vico and structuralist/poststructuralist thought -- The interpretation of texts -- Historical pluralism and pantextualism -- The "nineteenth century" as chronotope -- Ideology and counterideology in Northrop Frye's Anatomy of criticism -- Writing in the middle voice -- Northrop Frye's place in contemporary cultural studies -- Storytelling: historical and ideological -- The suppression of rhetoric in the nineteenth century -- Postmodernism and textual anxieties -- Guilty of history? the longue durée of Paul Ricoeur.
 

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Contents

Transitions in English Historical Thought
1
2 Religion Culture and Western Civilization in Christopher Dawsons Idea of History
23
3 The Abiding Relevance of Croces Idea of History
50
Toward a Period Concept for Early NineteenthCentury Intellectual History
68
5 The Tasks of Intellectual History
80
Gombrich Auerbach Popper
98
7 The Structure of Historical Narrative
112
8 What Is a Historical System?
126
14 The Interpretation of Texts
208
15 Historical Pluralism and Pantextualism
223
16 The Nineteenth Century as Chronotope
237
17 Ideology and Counterideology in Northrop Fryes Anatomy of Criticism
247
18 Writing in the Middle Voice
255
19 Northrop Fryes Place in Contemporary Cultural Studies
263
Historical and Ideological
273
21 The Suppression of Rhetoric in the Nineteenth Century
293

9 The Politics of Contemporary Philosophy of History
136
10 The Problem of Change in Literary History
153
Marx and Flaubert
169
12 The Discourse of History
187
13 Vico and StructuralistPoststructuralist Thought
203
22 Postmodernism and Textual Anxieties
304
23 Guilty of History? The longue durée of Paul Ricoeur
318
Notes
341
Index
373
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Hayden White is a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, and Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect, all published by Johns Hopkins. Robert Doran is an assistant professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Rochester and editor of a collection of essays by René Girard, Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953–2005.

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