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Frontiers of Historical ImaginationNarrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990$
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Kerwin Lee Klein

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520204638

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520204638.001.0001

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Afterword Language is Story

Afterword Language is Story

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(p.297) Afterword Language is Story
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Frontiers of Historical Imagination
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Kerwin Lee IZlein

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520204638.003.0006

This chapter argues that the quest for scientific certainty had led scholars through a series of linguistic turns which encoded historical narrative and knowledge as an antonym, and opened the doors for assaults on historical imagination. While these analytic turns have opened a world in which we can imagine history as a broadening circle of experience, they have also given us a world in which history seems to be something we can cast off at will. The chapter suggests that figuration is not always fiction, and that naming and narration entail obligation as well as reward.

Keywords:   scientific certainty, historical narrative, historical imagination, figuration, narration, linguistic turns

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