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History as a Kind of Writing : Textual Strategies in Contemporary French Historiography / Philippe Carrard.

Author/Creator:
Carrard, Philippe author.
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (264 pages) : 3 tables
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Historiography -- France.
History -- Methodology.
History -- Philosophy.
Literature and history -- France.
Local subjects:
French historiography. (search)
Paul Ricoeur. (search)
conventions of writing. (search)
figure of speech. (search)
historiographic discourse. (search)
narrative. (search)
representation stage. (search)
rhetorical device. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In academia, the traditional role of the humanities is being questioned by the "posts"-postmodernism, poststructuralism, and postfeminism-which means that the project of writing history only grows more complex. In History as a Kind of Writing, scholar of French literature and culture Philippe Carrard speaks to this complexity by focusing the lens on the current state of French historiography. Carrard's work here is expansive-examining the conventions historians draw on to produce their texts and casting light on views put forward by literary theorists, theorists of history, and historians themselves. Ranging from discussions of lengthy dissertations on 1960s social and economic history to a more contemporary focus on events, actors, memory, and culture, the book digs deep into the how of history. How do historians arrange their data into narratives? What strategies do they employ to justify the validity of their descriptions? Are actors given their own voice? Along the way, Carrard also readdresses questions fundamental to the field, including its necessary membership in the narrative genre, the presumed objectivity of historiographic writing, and the place of history as a science, distinct from the natural and theoretical sciences.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
A Note about Translations and Documentation
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: French History and Its Manuals
Chapter 1. Dispositions
Chapter 2. Situations
Chapter 3. Figures
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226428017
OCLC:
969638477
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226428017 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.