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Revisiting History in Hayden White’s Philosophy




List of Authors: Mehdi Ghasemi

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.

Publication year: 2014

Journal: Sage open

Journal acronym: Sage Open

Volume number: 4

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 7

eISSN: 2158-2440

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244014542585

URL: http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/4/3/2158244014542585


Abstract

In his “Historical Fiction, Fictional History, and Historical Reality,” Hayden White writes “What we postmodernists are against is a professional historiography.” This statement inspired me to reexamine a number of White’s oeuvre from the perspective of postmodernism so as to find out in what ways and to what extent White is a postmodernist. In addition, I highlight a number of preoccupations of professional historiography and argue how White deploys the discourse of postmodernism to dismantle them.


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