Hayden White, Hardback Book


This new book offers a clear and accessible exposition of HaydenWhite's thought.

In an engaging and wide-ranging analysis, HermanPaul discusses White's core ideas and traces the development ofthese ideas from the mid-1950s to the present.

Starting withWhite's medievalist research and youthful fascination for Frenchexistentialism, Paul shows how White became increasingly convincedthat historical writing is a moral activity.

He goes on to arguethat the critical concepts that have secured White's fame -trope, plot, discourse, figural realism - all stem from hisdesire to explicate the moral claims and perceptions underlyinghistorical writing.

White emerges as a passionate thinker, arestless rebel against scientism, and a defender of existentialisthumanist values.

This innovative introduction will appeal to students andscholars across the humanities, and help develop a criticalunderstanding of an increasingly important thinker.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press
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  • Category: History: theory & methods
  • ISBN: 9780745650135

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