Hayden White Paperback / softback
by Herman Paul
Part of the Key Contemporary Thinkers series
This new book offers a clear and accessible exposition of Hayden White's thought.
In an engaging and wide-ranging analysis, Herman Paul discusses White's core ideas and traces the development of these ideas from the mid-1950s to the present.
Starting with White's medievalist research and youthful fascination for French existentialism, Paul shows how White became increasingly convinced that historical writing is a moral activity.
He goes on to argue that the critical concepts that have secured White's fame - trope, plot, discourse, figural realism - all stem from his desire to explicate the moral claims and perceptions underlying historical writing.
White emerges as a passionate thinker, a restless rebel against scientism, and a defender of existentialist humanist values.
This innovative introduction will appeal to students and scholars across the humanities, and help develop a critical understanding of an increasingly important thinker.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Polity Press
- Publication Date: 24/06/2011
- Category: History: theory & methods
- ISBN: 9780745650142
- Hardback from £48.99