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The New Cultural History$
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Lynn Hunt

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064287

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064287.001.0001

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Literature, Criticism, and Historical Imagination: The Literary Challenge of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra

Literature, Criticism, and Historical Imagination: The Literary Challenge of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra

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(p.97) Four Literature, Criticism, and Historical Imagination: The Literary Challenge of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra
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The New Cultural History
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Lynn Hunt

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520064287.003.0005

This chapter reviews the work of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra, which is most closely linked with literary theory. It also shows clearly how literary approaches have enabled White and LaCapra to expand the boundaries of cultural history, yet it remains sensitive to the reasons for the continued marginalization of such work. It then illustrates the great variety of literary influences at work. LaCapra stresses (like White) that historians inevitably use narrative structures to define historical knowledge and to separate history from other forms of writing, but he also argues (like White) that these categories must not be taken for the thing itself. Both White and LaCapra indicate that historians might play a greater role in contemporary cultural debates if they opened the discipline to alternative narrative forms. LaCapra wants to connect the historiographical conception of reality with those areas of meaning that literature explores in its greatest works.

Keywords:   literary theory, Hayden White, Dominick LaCapra, cultural history, narrative structures, criticism

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