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.